Renewable energy expert Mark Diesendorf issues a powerful challenge in this clear and comprehensive guide to the technology and policies we need to adopt to ensure an ecologically sustainable energy future for the planet.
Sustainable Energy Solutions for Climate Change brings together the science, technology, economics and policy issues to provide a unique and truly interdisciplinary approach. It details the enormous recent changes in the energy sector and profiles the renewable energy technologies that can transform our fossil-fuelled energy systems into ecologically sustainable ones.
The book provides in-depth analysis of:
• scenarios for transitioning our polluting energy system to one basedon the efficient use of renewable energy
• sustainable transport and planning for better cities
• why nuclear energy is not the answer
• the politics and policies of climate change mitigation
• myths about wind and solar energy and energy efficiency
• what people can do to overcome vested interests and push reluctant governments to take effective action.
Taking stock of the latest advances in energy efficiency and energy storage, the book is of interest to students at undergraduate and postgraduate level studying energy policy and economics, environmental policy and environmental politics as well as professionals and policy makers.
Table of Contents
Foreword by Ian Lowe Part 1: Basic concepts and scenarios 1. Energy and its greenhouse gas emissions 2. Energy resources and technologies 3. Sustainable energy scenarios Part 2: Which technologies are sustainable? 4. Saving energy 5. Renewable energy technology impacts 6. Is nuclear energy a solution? 7. Transport and urban form Part 3: Policies, strategies, politics and actions 8. General policies for the Great Transition 9. Targeted policies for renewable energy 10. Who will drive the transition? 11. Citizen action 12. Conclusion Appendix: What you can do
Mark Diesendorf is Associate Professor and Deputy Director of the Institute for Environmental Studies at University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia.
‘A compelling call to action from Professor Mark Diesendorf – a leading voice of reason, careful analysis, keen insight, and common sense on energy. Read, enjoy, adopt, and prosper!’–Amory B. Lovins, Co-founder and Chief Scientist, Rocky Mountain Institute
‘This book shows that a better future is possible.’–Ian Lowe, Emeritus Professor and President, Australian Conservation Foundation
"The in-depth analysis and the suggestions/recommendations in this book have the potential to change the world in positive ways. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All levels/libraries." -L. E. Erickson, Kansas State University, CHOICE Reviews, February 2015