Redesigning Energy Systems

Mark Diesendorf

in The Oxford Handbook of Climate Change and Society

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780199566600
Published online January 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Politics & International Relations

 Redesigning Energy Systems

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Energy use is the largest source of global greenhouse gas emissions. This article focuses on developed countries and the industrialized component of developing economies, as their energy systems are responsible for the vast majority of emissions. This article states that although most of the hardware parts of the technologies needed for a zero emission energy system are available, not all of them are commercially available as yet. Disseminating these technologies in the absence of appropriate ‘orgware’ and in the face of existing practices and vested interests is still a formidable challenge. This article summarizes the maturities of various low-carbon technologies for stationary energy and transportation and puts the viable technologies together into scenarios, while refuting the fallacy that a modern energy supply system cannot be based entirely upon renewable energy. It also summarizes the strategies and policies needed to facilitate the essential redesign of the energy system.

Keywords: energy system; carbon dioxide; industrialized economies; industrialized components; modern energy supply system

Article.  7493 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; Public Policy ; Public Administration

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