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Almost every energy scenario assumes an enormous growth in the demand for energy in the coming decades. Meanwhile, at international conferences and other venues, the primary concern is massive reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, especially of the CO2 produced by fossil-fuel energy consumption. Experts also point out the political risk of depending on petroleum and remind us of the fact that resources are not inexhaustible. This timely book explores: how these conflicting scenarios could be reconciled; how can we shape a more sustainable energy system from the existing one; and possible…mehr

Produktbeschreibung
Almost every energy scenario assumes an enormous growth in the demand for energy in the coming decades. Meanwhile, at international conferences and other venues, the primary concern is massive reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, especially of the CO2 produced by fossil-fuel energy consumption. Experts also point out the political risk of depending on petroleum and remind us of the fact that resources are not inexhaustible. This timely book explores: how these conflicting scenarios could be reconciled; how can we shape a more sustainable energy system from the existing one; and possible technological progress and innovations to enable a brighter future. It also addresses the reality that there exists no consensus on the extent to which innovations can really contribute to reconciling ever-growing energy consumption, availability of resources and the environment, and the structural demands on any energy system.
Explores how these conflicting scenarios could be reconciled; how can we shape a more sustainable energy system from the existing one; and possible technological progress and innovations to enable a brighter future.

Addresses the reality that there exists no consensus on the extent to which innovations can really contribute to reconciling ever-growing energy consumption, availability of resources and the environment, and the structural demands on any energy system.

Offers and explains a four-point strategy:

Energy should according to its importance regain a top priority in the political arena; higly targeted subsidies should be given for a limited amount of time to speed up the market introduction of energy-efficient and regenerative techniques in analogy to the 'Dutch model'; Negotiated agreements and unilateral self-commitments can subsequently ensure further market diffusion of sustainable energy innovations.; the basic research in energy should not be diminished but intensified instead
  • Produktdetails
  • Verlag: Springer, Berlin
  • Artikelnr. des Verlages: 10960271
  • 2005. 2005
  • Seitenzahl: 280
  • Erscheinungstermin: 14. Oktober 2004
  • Englisch
  • Abmessung: 241mm x 162mm x 17mm
  • Gewicht: 640g
  • ISBN-13: 9783540231035
  • ISBN-10: 354023103X
  • Artikelnr.: 13141864
Autorenporträt
Professor Ulrich Steger, Ph.D., war und ist auf internationaler Ebene in der Politik und in der Industrie sowie in der akademischen Lehre aktiv. Er war Bundestagsabgeordneter und Minister für Wirtschaft und Technologie des Landes Hessen. Er war im Vorstand der Volkswagen AG und hat andere Großunternehmen beraten. Er war Professor an der European Business School und Gastprofessor an der Universität St. Gallen. Der Autor hat nun den Alcan Lehrstuhl für Environmental Management am Institute for Management Development (IMD) in Lausanne inne.
Inhaltsangabe
Summary.- Problem Definition, Tasks, Procedure and Derivation of Recommendations for Action.- Terminological and Conceptional Foundations.- Normative Criteria for Evaluation and Decision-Making.- Towards a Sustainable Energy System - Legal Basis, Deficits and Points of Reference.- Potentials for the Sustainable Development of Energy Systems.- The Reality of Sustainability: Conflicts of Aims in the Choice of Instruments.- Strategies for Accelerating Sustainable Energy Innovations.- Implementation Problems of a Sustainable Innovation Strategy.- Responsibility for the "Energy Hunger" of the Developing Countries - How Sustainable Energy Innovations Can Help.