Energy and the Protection of the Atmosphere

Nakicenovic N & Grubler A (2000). Energy and the Protection of the Atmosphere. IIASA Research Report (Reprint). IIASA, Laxenburg, Austria: RR-00-018. Reprinted from International Journal of Global Energy Issues, 13(1-3):4-57 [2000].

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Abstract

The essay reviews major environmental problems of energy development within a broader development and sustainability context. The role of energy in human development and major historical trends as well as their implications for carbon dioxide emissions are discussed. After summarizing the scientific understanding of current and possible future climate change, the paper reviews the available mitigation and adaptation options, including: energy efficiency improvements, fuels switching, zero-carbon energy options, emission abatement and disposal at large point sources, enhancement of natural sinks, and adaptation measures. Specific circumstances of developing "versus" industrialized countries are outlined. The essay concludes with a review of policy instruments that could reconcile protection of the atmosphere with human development and sustainability objectives.

Item Type: Monograph (IIASA Research Report (Reprint))
Research Programs: Transitions to New Technologies (TNT)
Bibliographic Reference: Reprinted from International Journal of Global Energy Issues; 13(1-3):4-57 [2000]
Depositing User: IIASA Import
Date Deposited: 15 Jan 2016 02:12
Last Modified: 19 Jul 2016 07:11
URI: http://pure.iiasa.ac.at/6254

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