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Decarbonising the World's Economy

Assessing the Feasibility of Policies to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Decarbonising the World's Economy by Terry Barker
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Too often amongst policy makers and thought leaders an assumption is made that we must make a choice between tackling climate change and having a strong economy; tackling climate change and allowing poorer nations to develop; tackling climate change and having a secure energy system. However, a decade of advanced modelling tested against historical data has provided wide evidence that well-chosen policies can be implemented that avoid these apparent either/or choices.

This highly interdisciplinary book provides an overview of potential pathways for the decarbonisation of the global economy. By examining the entire global economy, we show policy-makers and thought-leaders that greatly reducing the risks of climate change can be consistent with energy security, economic development in poor nations, and vibrant economies in already developed nations. Advanced models of the relationships between the economy, energy and climate change pioneered at the Cambridge Centre for Climate Change Mitigation Research (4CMR) over the past decade provides a sound evidence base for decisions. This book examines not only the impacts of policies, but also the feasibility of bringing them forward and the ways in which energy, climate and economic policies can and must be joined up if climate, energy and economic goals are to be met globally.

Economists, physicists, engineers, policy analysts, environmental scientists, climate scientists, political analysts, lawyers and computational scientists are brought together for the first time to produce analyses that make up a unique approach to a global problem that must be addressed sooner rather than later.

  • Introduction: Stating the Global Challenge
  • The Case for Decarbonisation
  • Designing and Implementing National and International Policy Portfolios
  • Scenarios of Global Carbon Reduction
  • Modelling to Assess Decarbonisation Scenarios
  • Engineering Feasibility of Technology Change
  • Engineering Feasibility of Change Ineconomic Sectors
  • Political Feasibility of Policies
  • Co-Benefits of Climate Policy
  • Lessons for the Future

Readership: Academics and policy makers interested in forming policies that target energy, climate and economic issues.
Key Features:
  • Conclusions are based on a decade of developing some of the most advanced models of links between energy, economic and environmental issues
  • Examines the entire global economy, showing how policies and actions in any one nation influence behaviours in other nations
  • Highly interdisciplinary content, with analyses produced by economists, physicists, engineers, policy analysts, environmental scientists, climate scientists, political analysts, lawyers and computational scientists
World Scientific Publishing Company; November 2014
374 pages; ISBN 9781783265138
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Title: Decarbonising the World's Economy
Author: Terry Barker; Douglas Crawford-Brown