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Global Energy

Issues, Potentials, and Policy Implications

Edited by Paul Ekins, Mike Bradshaw, and Jim Watson

September 2015

ISBN: 9780198719533

624 pages

In Stock

Price: £51.00

This grad text is about energy and other resources, and the technologies that have been and are being developed to exploit them; to understand how the global energy system is developing, and how it might in the future.



This grad text is about energy and other resources, and the technologies that have been and are being developed to exploit them; to understand how the global energy system is developing, and how it might in the future.

  • A comprehensive and clear account of the full range of energy issues, options, and choices
  • Addresses the crucial question of what energy sources to use and how to ensure their availability
  • Enables the reader to understand important issues in current affairs
  • Examines the critical economic, social, political, and cultural issues that will determine which technologies are deployed
  • Reviews the policies countries can use in order to influence the way their energy systems develop

About the Author(s)

Edited by Paul Ekins, Deputy Director, UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC) and Director and Professor of Resources and Environmental Policy, UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources, University College London, Mike Bradshaw, Professor of Global Energy, Warwick Business School, and Jim Watson, Research Director, UK Energy Research Centre

Paul Ekins has a Ph.D. in economics from the University of London and is Professor of Resources and Environmental Policy and Director of the UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources, University College London. He is also Deputy Director of the UK Energy Research Centre, in charge of its Energy Resources and Vectors theme. He was a Member of the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution from 2002-2008. Paul Ekins' academic work focuses on the conditions and policies for achieving an environmentally sustainable economy, concerning which he has written numerous books, papers and articles, including Global Warming and Energy Demand (co-Ed., Routledge, 1995), Economic Growth and Environmental Sustainability: the Prospects for Green Growth (Routledge, London, 2000), Carbon-Energy Taxation: Lessons from Europe (co-Ed, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2009), and Energy 2050: the Transition to a Secure, Low-Carbon Energy System for the UK (co-Ed, Earthscan, London, 2011).

Mike Bradshaw joined Warwick Business as Professor of Global Energy in January 2014, where he teaches a course on their Global Energy MBA entitled Energy in Global Politics. Prior to that he spent 13 years at the University of Leicester as Professor of Human Geography. He has a PhD in Human Geography from the University of British Columbia, Canada. His research deals with the geopolitical economy of oil and gas, with a particular emphasis on developments in Russia. He has recently completed a project funded by the UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC) that examined the Geopolitical Economy of Global Gas Security and Governance and its implications for the UK. He is also involved in both UK-based and EU-wide research programmes on the social science aspects of shale gas development. In 2014 Polity Press published his book: Global Energy Dilemmas. He is currently writing a book on the geopolitics of natural gas.

Jim Watson is Research Director of the UK Energy Research Centre and Professor of Energy Policy at the University of Sussex. He was Director of the Sussex Energy Group at Sussex from Dec 2008 to Jan 2013. He has 20 years of research experience on climate change, energy and innovation policies. His recent outputs include a co-edited book: New Challenges in Energy Security: The UK in a multipolar world (Palgrave, 2013). He has advised several UK government departments, and has been a specialist adviser to two House of Commons select committees. He also has extensive international experience, particularly in China. He is a Council Member of the British Institute for Energy Economics, and a member of the advisory boards of several research and policy organisations.

Table of Contents

    Introduction, Paul Ekins, Mike Bradshaw, and Jim Watson
    1:The Global Energy Context, Jim Skea
    2:Energy Systems and Innovation, Jim Watson, Xinxin Wang, Florian Kern
    3:Deepening Globalization: Economies, Trade, and Energy Systems, Gavin Bridge and Michael Bradshaw
    4:The Global Climate Change Regime, Joanna Depledge
    5:The Implications of Indirect Emissions for Climate and Energy Policy, Katy Roelich, John Barrett, and Anne Owen
    6:Energy production and Ecosystem Services, Robert Holland, Kate Scott, Tina Wegg, Nicola Beaumont, Eleni Papathanasopoulou, and Pete Smith
    7:Technical, Economic, Social, and Cultural Perspectives on Energy Demand, Charlie Wilson, Kathryn Janda, Françoise Bartiaux, and Mithra Moezzi
    8:Energy Access and Development in the 21st Century, Xavier Lemaire
    9:Improving Efficiency in Buildings: Conventional and Alternative Approaches, Kathryn B. Janda, Charlie Wilson, Mithra Moezzi, and Françoise Bartiaux
    10:Challenges and Options for Sustainable Travel: Mobility, Motorisation, and Vehicle Technologies, Hannah Daly, Paul Dodds, and Will McDowall
    11:Shipping and Aviation, Antony Evans and Tristan Smith
    12:Carbon Capture and Storage, Jim Watson and Cameron Jones
    13:Fossil Fuels: Reserves, Costs Curves, Production, and Consumption, Michael Bradshaw, Antony Froggatt, Christophe McGlade, and Jamie Speirs
    14:Unconventional Fossil Fuels and Technological Change, Michael Bradshaw, Murtala Chindo, Joseph Dutton, and Kärg Kama
    15:The Geopolitical Economy of a Globalizing Gas Market, Michael Bradshaw, Joseph Dutton, and Gavin Bridge
    16:Nuclear Power after Fukushima: Prospects and Implications, Markku Lehtonen and Mari Martiskainen
    17:Bioenergy Resources, Raphael Slade and Ausilio Bauen
    18:Solar Energy: An Untapped Growing Potential?
    19:Water: Ocean Energy and Hydro, Laura Finlay, Henry Jeffrey, Andy MacGillivray, and George Aggidis
    20:Global Wind Power Developments and Prospects, Will McDowall and Andrew ZP Smith
    21:Network Infrastructure and Energy Storage for Low-Carbon Energy Systems, Paul E. Dodds and Birgit Fais
    22:Metals for the Low-Carbon Energy System, Jamie Speirs and Katy Roelich
    23:Electricity Markets and their Regulatory Systems for a Sustainable Future, Catherine Mitchell
    24:Global Scenarios of Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction, Christophe McGlade, Olivier Dessens, Gabrial Anandarajah, and Paul Ekins
    25:Energy and Ecosystem Service Impacts, Eleni Papathanasopoulou, Robert Holland, Trudie Dockerty, Kate Scott, Tina Wegg, Nicola Beaumont, Gail Taylor, Gilla Sünnenberg, Andrew Lovett, Pete Smith, and Melanie Austen
    26:Policies and Conclusions, Paul Ekins