1st Edition

Handbook of Transitions to Energy and Climate Security

Edited By Robert Looney Copyright 2017
    526 Pages
    by Routledge

    526 Pages
    by Routledge

    An original contribution to our understanding of a phenomenon that is reshaping the world, this title thoroughly discusses the transformation of the energy security policy arena brought on by two dramatic developments – the increased potential availability of energy in many parts of the world on the supply side, and on the demand side increasing concerns over the harmful effects on the environment brought on by the use of fossil fuels. An in depth discussion specifically focuses on what energy security means to different countries, and examines which of those countries appear to be managing their energy/climate transitions successfully and which are having a more difficult time adapting to the new environment.


    • Part 1 introduces the topic, covering the main themes and provides an overview of the chapters
    • Part 2 provides a framework for policy evaluation, considering the evolving factors affecting energy security and the energy/climate policy trilemma
    • Parts 3 to 6 discuss energy transitions in the carbon producing countries (Saudi Arabia, Canada, Iran, Russia, Mexico), in intermediate carbon/producing/consuming countries (China, United States, UK, Brazil, Argentina, South Africa), in carbon consuming countries (Germany, Japan, South Korea, Israel, India, Spain) and finally in carbon reduction countries (France, Denmark, Switzerland)
    • Part 7 looks at attempts at regional/international cooperation
    • Part 8 considers the prospects for the future, examining technological breakthroughs.


    This title builds on the theme of unfolding energy transformations driven by, but increasingly constrained by climate/environmental considerations. It is ideal for researchers and students in the areas of environmental politics and policy, climate change, and energy and climate security, as well as for academics and professionals.



    Foreword – Giacomo Luciani


    The Editor and Contributors


    Part I

    The Policy Setting

    1. Introduction

    Robert E. Looney

    2. Evolving Factors Affecting Energy Security

    Marcus D. King

    3. The Climate and Security Imperative

    Francesco Femia and Caitlin Werrell

    4. Climate Change and Energy Security Policies: Are They Really Two Sides of the Same Coin?

    Peter R. Hartley

    5. Renewable Energy in the MENA: Why did the Desertec Approach Fail?

    Luigi Carafa and Gonzalo Escribano


    6. Frameworks for Regional Co-operation: The EU

    Benjamin Görlach, Matthias Duwe and Nick Evans

    7. Regional Co-ordination in Energy Systems and its Impact on Energy Security

    Julia Nesheiwat

    Part II

    Energy Transitions in the Carbon Producing Countries

    8. In the Furnace: Saudi Arabia and the Dynamics of Global Climate Change

    James A. Russell

    9. Energy, Climate and Economic Security, and Canada’s Road From Oil Exporter to Deep Decarbonization

    Chris Bataille

    10. Energy Transitions in Carbon-Producing Countries: Russia

    Jack D. Sharples

    11. Energy and Climate Transitions in Mexico – The Emergence of a `Politica ambiental de estado’

    Duncan Wood

    12. South Africa’s Pragmatic Transition

    Robert E. Looney

    Part III

    Energy Transitions in the Intermediate Carbon Producing/Consuming Countries

    13. The Politics behind the Three ‘E’s in China: Economic Growth, Energy Security and Environmental Protection

    Xu Yi-chong

    14. The USA’s Energy and Climate Transition: Partial Success without a Plan

    Robert E. Looney

    15. The Great British Energy Transition?

    Caroline Kuzemko

    16. Energy Transitions and Climate Security in Brazil

    Fabio Farinosi

    17. Indonesia’s Energy Trilemma

    Peter Maslanka

    18. Egypt: The Challenge of Squaring the Energy–Environment–Growth Triangle

    Robert Springborg

    Part IV

    Energy Transitions in the Carbon Consuming Countries

    19. Japan’s Energy Security: Challenges, Prospects and Global Implications

    Julia Nesheiwat

    20. Transitions to Energy and Climate Security in Thailand

    Adam Simpson and Mattijs Smits

    21. Managing Energy and Climate Policy Challenges in Pakistan: Modest Progress, Major Problems

    Michael Kugelman

    22. Energy Transition in a Carbon Consuming Country: India

    Lydia Powell

    23. Jordan’s Response to Acute Energy Insecurity: Searching for a Winning Combination

    John Calabrese

    24. Analyzing Turkey’s Energy Transition: Challenges and Opportunities

    Mehmet Efe Biresselioglu

    Part V

    Energy Transitions in the Carbon Reduction Countries

    25. France and the Energy Trilemma: How the Fifth Republic Has Sought to Balance Energy Security, Affordability and Environmental Sustainability

    John S. Duffield

    26. Struggles in Denmark’s Transition towards a Low Carbon Future: Shifts in the Energy Technology Assemblage

    Peter Karnøe and Jens Stissing Jensen

    27. Twins of 1713 – Energy Security and Sustainability in Germany

    R. Andreas Kraemer

    28. Energy Transitions and Climate Security in Italy

    Morena Skalamera and Fabio Farinosi

    29. Energy Transitions in the Caribbean and Central America

    Robert E. Looney

    Appendix A



    The Editor, Professor Robert E. Looney, is a Distinguished Professor at the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California, who specializes in issues relating to economic development in the Middle East, East Asia, South Asia and Latin America. He has published 22 books and more than 250 articles in professional journals. As an international consultant, Dr Looney has provided advice and assistance to various governments and international organizations. He is the editor of Routledge's new series, Europa Perspectives: Emerging Economies.  

    "Professor Looney has compiled a volume that is sure to become a classic for policymakers on the options for transitioning to an era of energy security, affordable prices, and environmental preservation. While the country chapters afford best policies and roadmaps for every category of country, Professor Looney’s synthesis is their beacon." Hossein Askari, Iran Professor, George Washington University

    "Climate change is a game changer in the global energy landscape. Energy policies have moved beyond the binary focus on supply security in consumer nations and demand security in producer states. Transitioning away from carbon fuels will be necessary, yet challenging while they are  relatively  abundant in the wake of the shale boom. There will be great variations between countries depending on their resource endowments, energy mixes, fiscal abilities and policy preferences. This Handbook offers invaluable theoretical insights and case studies to better understand the dialectic between climate and energy, a dialectic that will play a pivotal role in 21st century societies." Eckart Woertz, Senior Research Fellow, CIDOB (Barcelona Centre for International Affairs)