'offers knowledge and inspiration to promote renewable energy in developing and industrialized countries' Klaus Toepfer, Executive Director of UNEP From technology to financing issues, Renewable Energy offers a comprehensive and authoritative review of the determining factors that drive worldwide dissemination of renewable energy technologies. With a clear emphasis on policy and action, contributions from internationally renowned experts combine to form a holistic picture of the current status, impacts and future potential of renewable energy. Addressing the situation in both developing and developed countries, each chapter reviews in detail a different issue, to present extensive information on social, environmental, political, economic and technological aspects. This will be essential reading for professionals in renewable energy, in particular policy-makers, researchers, NGOs and energy consultants, and a valuable resource for teachers and students of renewable energy, environmental studies, development studies, political science and international relations.
'Offers knowledge and inspiration to promote renewable energy in developing and industrialized countries.' Klaus Toepfer, Executive Director of UNEP 'This is a very good synthesis of the current situation. It highlights the key issues and proposes solutions even if there remains so many problems. This is an excellent, if technical text that would given educators a very strong background to boost their work in this area. As the contributors often note, education is the key: this book deserves to be widely read to help the process along.' http://users.bigpond.net.au 'This wide-ranging review is an impressive attempt to provide an insight into the current state of renewable energy, and the potential that such offer for the future.' Spore 'This book has it all…The contributions covering environmental, technological, and economic aspects will be indispensible to energy professionals and university researchers alike.' Andrew Walker, Resource: A New Perspective on Waste, March-April 2007.
Introduction * Part I - Basics * The Case for Renewable Energies * The Potentials of Renewable Energy * Renewable Energy for Transport * Part II - Policies * National Policy Instruments: Policy Lessons for the Advancement and Diffusion of Renewable Energy Technologies around the World * Renewable Energy and Regulation of Energy Markets * Removing Subsidies: Levelling the Playing Field for Renewable Energy Technologies * International Institutional Arrangements in Support of Renewable Energy * Part III - Financing * Mobilizing Finance for Renewable Energies * Clean Development Mechanism and Joint Implementation: New Instruments for Financing Renewable Energy Technologies * Part IV - Developing Countries * Putting Development First: The Role of Renewable Energy in Achieving the Millennium Development Goals * Traditional Biomass Energy: Improving Its Use and Moving to Modern Energy Use * Gender Equity and Renewable Energies * Part V - Capacities * Research and Development: The Basis for Widespread Employment of Renewable Energies * Capacity Development for Renewable Energies: Know-how, Information, Awareness, Education and Training *