Global Energy Assessment: Toward a Sustainable Future

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The Global Energy Assessment (GEA) brings together over 300 international researchers to provide an independent, scientifically based, integrated, and policy-relevant analysis of current and emerging energy issues and options. It has been peer-reviewed anonymously by an additional 200 international experts. The GEA assesses the major global challenges for sustainable development and their linkages to energy; the technologies and resources available for providing energy services; future energy systems that address...

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Overview

The Global Energy Assessment (GEA) brings together over 300 international researchers to provide an independent, scientifically based, integrated, and policy-relevant analysis of current and emerging energy issues and options. It has been peer-reviewed anonymously by an additional 200 international experts. The GEA assesses the major global challenges for sustainable development and their linkages to energy; the technologies and resources available for providing energy services; future energy systems that address the major challenges; and the policies and other measures that are needed to realize transformational change toward sustainable energy futures. The GEA goes beyond existing studies on energy issues by presenting a comprehensive and integrated analysis of energy challenges, opportunities and strategies, for developing, industrialized and emerging economies. This volume is an invaluable resource for energy specialists and technologists in all sectors (academia, industry, and government) as well as policymakers, development economists and practitioners in international organizations and national governments.

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"The Global Energy Assessment identifies energy as a crucial starting point for transformative change towards a sustainable future. By approaching the global energy system holistically, the GEA is groundbreaking. It explores the role of energy in multiple dimensions of sustainable development. In addition to climate change, these include accelerating energy access, enhancing security, and reducing adverse impacts on human health and the environment. The GEA is a welcome input to the Working Group III contribution to the IPCC's Fifth Assessment Report." - Ottmar Edenhofer, Deputy Director and Chief Economist at Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Reseach (PIK), Professor of the Economics of Climate Change at the Technical University Berlin, and Co-Chair of WG III of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)

"Decision-makers more than ever need scientifically rigorous and policy-relevant information that encapsulates all possible outcomes and consequences of energy-related actions implemented by society. The GEA analysis sets out to do just this: by assessing all costs, benefits and trade-offs associated with a myriad of energy alternatives, policy-makers can develop a much clearer picture of how decisions made today will affect energy-related sectors in the future, such as economic development, human health, and global climate." - Professor Mario J. Molina, Member of the U.S. President's Committee of Advisors in Science and Technology, Nobel Prize Laureate

"Lack of access to clean and reliable energy sources is one of the primary reasons much of humanity remains trapped in poverty; energy powers human progress, creates employment opportunities and without it we stagnate. The Global Energy Assessment will provide much of the technical knowledge needed to realize the Sustainable Energy for All objectives outlined by the United Nations. Importantly, the GEA reassures us that sustainable energy for all is affordable and achievable but that this requires sustained and substantial commitment from us all and investment in innovation." - Kandeh Yumkella, Director-General, United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), Chair, UN-Energy,and Co-Chair, UN Secretary-General's High-Level Group on Sustainable Energy for All

"This book comprehensively reviews energy production and use and places significant emphasis on social value, environmental impacts, economics, and sustainability. A state-of-the-art assessment of the science of energy, well illustrated with figures and tables, it explores 40 pathways that meet several social and environmental goals, including worldwide access to modern energy services...This book offers great content for a wide audience because of the central role of energy throughout the world...Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above." - L.E. Erickson, Kansas State University, Choice, April 2013

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521182935
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 9/30/2012
  • Pages: 1882
  • Product dimensions: 8.46 (w) x 10.98 (h) x 2.91 (d)

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The GEA Writing Team consists of over 300 international researchers, who provide an independent, scientifically based, integrated, policy-relevant analysis of current and emerging energy issues.

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Table of Contents

Foreword; Preface; Key findings; Summary for policy makers; Technical summary; 1. Energy primer; 2. Energy, poverty, and development; 3. Energy and environment; 4. Energy and health; 5. Energy and security; 6. Energy and economy; 7. Energy resources and potentials; 8. Energy end-use: industry; 9. Energy end-use: transport; 10. Energy end-use: buildings; 11. Renewable energy; 12. Fossil energy; 13. Carbon capture and storage; 14. Nuclear energy; 15. Energy supply systems; 16. Transitions in energy systems; 17. Energy pathways for sustainable development; 18. Urban energy systems; 19. Energy access for development; 20. Land and water: linkages to bioenergy; 21. Lifestyles, well-being and energy; 22. Policies for energy system transformations: objectives and instruments; 23. Policies for energy access; 24. Policies for the Energy Technology Innovation System (ETIS); 25. Policies for capacity development; Annex I. Acronyms, abbreviations and chemical symbols; Annex II. Technical guidelines; Annex III. Contributors to the Global Energy Assessment; Annex IV. Reviewers of the Global Energy Assessment; Index.

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