288 pages | 10 B/W Illus.
Governments, big business and communities are coming under increased pressure to develop low carbon energy supply technologies. Within the context of the climate change debate a delicate balance has to be reached between local environmental protection and our need for reliable low carbon energy.
This books brings together ten years of research conducted by the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research and uses a range of case studies from carbon capture and storage to on-shore wind farms to explore the complex nature of disputes between a wide variety of stakeholder groups. Topics covered include:
An invaluable resource for researchers and readers in local or national government, industry or community groups who wish to deepen their understanding of controversy around low carbon technology and how to overcome it.
1. Introduction: Understanding and Triangulating Approaches to Energy Supply Controversy2. Public Responses to Climate Change and Low-carbon Energy 3. Methodologies for Understanding Low-carbon Energy Controversies 4.Exploring the Relationship Between Public Perceptions of Risk and Trust in Experts5.What Have Facts Got to Do With it Anyway?: Competing Knowledge Claims in Low-carbon Energy ControversyCarly McLachlan and Sarah Mander 6. Energy Siting Governance: Social and Political Challenges Associated with the Development of Low-carbon Energy in the Marine Environment7. Microgeneration in the Built Environment: Meanings and Processes of Solar Photovoltaic Technology8.Policy and Regulatory Controversy: The Case of UK and EC Biofuel Policy 9. Biofuel Development in the UK regulatory and Engineering Visions Beyond a Changing Controversy 10.Public Engagement in Energy Planning and Its Impact on Low-carbon Energy Controversy 11. New Energy Technologies in the Media: a Case Study of Carbon Capture and Storage12.Conclusions and a Research Agenda for the Social Science of Energy Supply