Global climate change is one of the greatest challenges of our times and in order to tackle this carbon emissions need to be mitigated. China and India have recently become some of the world’s largest greenhouse gas emitters. Transitions to low carbon energy, for reducing emissions that lead to climate change, are therefore an urgent priority for China and India and at a global level.
This is the first book focusing on low carbon energy transitions for emerging economies such as China and India, assessing the opportunities and barriers for transitions to renewable and low carbon energy as climate change mitigation options. It uses energy modelling to assess the China’s power sector, the economy of Beijing and rural Indian households that do not have access to electricity. The research evaluates the environmental, technical, socio-economic and policy implications of these low carbon transitions, concluding that they are possible in China and India and they can considerably contribute to climate change mitigation.
This interdisciplinary book will be of interest to scholars, students, practitioners and policy-makers working in the fields of energy and development, energy policy, energy studies and modelling, climate policy, climate change mitigation, climate change and development, low carbon development, sustainable development, environment and development and environmental management.
Table of Contents
1. General Introduction 2. Modelling Energy and Development: an evaluation of models and concepts 3. Modelling Energy Systems for Developing Countries 4. Renewable and Low Carbon Energy as Mitigation Options of Climate Change for China's Power Sector 5. Scenarios for Renewable Energy Transitions in Beijing 6. Energy for Rural India 7. Conclusions
Frauke Urban is a Lecturer in Environment and Development at the Centre for Development, Environment and Policy CeDEP at the School of Oriental and African Studies SOAS at the University of London, UK.