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The relationship between energy and the environment has been the basis of many studies over the years, as has the relationship between energy and development, yet both of these approaches may produce distortions. In the first edition of this book, José Goldemberg pioneered the study of all three elements in relation to one another. With contributions from Oswaldo Lucon, this second edition has been expanded and updated to cover how energy is related to the major challenges of sustainability faced by the world today.

New coverage is included of today's pressing issues, including security, environmental impact assessment and future climate change/renewable energy regimes. The authors also cover all major new international agreements and technological developments. The second edition of Energy, Environment and Development is the result of many years of study and practical experience in policy formulation, discussion and implementation in these fields by the authors. Its technical yet accessible style will make it suitable for students on a range of courses, as well as non-energy specialists who desire an overview of recent thought in the area.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
'We won't be able to address climate change if the world'sees it purely as an environmental problem. That's why books like this, which show we can tackle climate change and promote prosperity, are so important. By drawing out the links between climate change and economic development it provides the sort of broader framework for thinking that will help us get the big decisions right.'
Ed Miliband, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, UK Government

'This very timely book is a welcome addition to the literature on a topic that is rightly occupying centre stage in global discussions. Climate change is the biggest challenge our civilisation has had to face because it requires the collective response of all peoples and all nations. The view of developing countries, contained in this volume, is crucial to negotiations towards defossilising our economies.'
Professor Sir David King, Director of the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment (and Chief Scientific Advisor to the UK Government 2000-2007

'Energy systems need to change around the world to help address environment and other sustainable development challenges. How energy solutions can be identified, developed, and implemented is of great concern to us all. This is recommended reading!'
Thomas B Johansson, International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics, Lund University, Sweden

'By far the most comprehensive global overview of the inter-relationships between energy, environment and human development. Replete with key data, charts and diagrams... A tour de force.'
Hazel Henderson,

'loaded with information'
CHOICE Magazine

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781844077489
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 11/28/2009
  • Edition description: 2
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 480
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Meet the Author

José Goldemberg is a well-known author. He was rector of the University of São Paulo (USP) in Brazil, where he still lectures. He has served in key decision-making positions, including as Federal Minister for the Environment, Secretary of State for Science and Technology and, years later, for the Environment. A Visiting Professor at Princeton University and at the International Academy of the Environment in Geneva, he has chaired several important works, such as the UNDP's World Energy Assessment. He contributed to the Nobel-awarded International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and was recognized by Time Magazine as a 'Hero of the Environment'. In 2008, he won the Blue Planet Prize for contributions to the environment.

Oswaldo Lucon is graduated in Civil Engineering and Law. He has a PhD in Energy and a MSc in Clean Technology. Working in the environmental field in the last 20 years, he has contributed to Goldemberg's works since 2002, both at USP and for the government. He was lead author of the 2006 IPCC Greenhouse Gas Emission Inventory Guidelines and is now lead author of the Panel's Special Report on Renewable Energy Sources and Climate Change Mitigation. Presently he is Technical Advisor on Energy and Climate Change at the São Paulo State Environmental Secretariat, participating in international initiatives for sustainable energy.

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Table of Contents

List of Figures, Tables and Boxes vii

Foreword to the Second Edition xxi

Foreword Achim Steiner xxiii

List of Acronyms and Abbreviations xxv

1 Connections 1

2 Energy 3


Concept of energy

The expansion of gases and the evolution of steam engines


The laws of thermodynamics

3 Energy and Human Activities 35

The energy cost of satisfying basic human needs

Energy consumption as a function of income

Energy consumption in rural areas and in peri-urban households

4 Energy Sources 45

Classification of the sources of energy

Energy balances

Energy resources and reserves

Energy consumption per inhabitant

5 Energy and Development 65

Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and National Accounting

Economic growth

Disparities in income distribution

Quality of life and the Kuznets curve

Human Development Index (HDI)

The relationship for energy-development

Energy intensity: energy and economic product

6 Energy: The Facts 101

Environmental impacts due to energy production and use

Qualification of environmental impacts in function of income

Local urban pollution

Regional pollution

Global aspects: the greenhouse effect

Occupational pollution

7 Energy and the Environment: The Causes 181


Contribution by sources

8 Technical Solutions 243

Energy efficiency

Technological advances in power production

Renewable energies


Industry and other stationary pollution sources

Electricity consumption in residential, commercial and public sectors

Combatting deforestation

9 Policies to Reduce Environmental Degradation 337

Geographical scale of impacts

Environmental law and energy

Environmental support capacity: management by quality

Environmental protection costs

The cost of climate change

Energy policies

Integrated resource planning

Barriers for emission reduction and overcoming policies

Control of deforestation

10 World Energy Trends 381


Conclusions from the outlooks

Technological change

Energy intensity trends

11 Energy and Lifestyles 403

Lifestyle and consumption patterns

Consumer profiles

12 Energy and the Science Academies 413

Annex 1 Energy, Environment and Development Timeline 417

Annex 2 Conversion Units 429

Index 441

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