Energy, Sustainability and the Environment

Technology, Incentives, Behavior

Edited by

  • Fereidoon Sioshansi, President, Menlo Energy Economics, San Francisco, CA, USA

The complexity of carbon reduction and economic sustainability is significantly complicated by competing aspects of socioeconomic practices as well as legislative, regulatory, and scientific requirements and protocols. An easy to read and understand guide, Sioshansi, along with an international group of contributors, moves through the maze of carbon reduction methods and technologies, providing steps and insights to meet carbon reduction requirements and maintaining the health and welfare of the firm.

The book’s three part treatment is based on a clear and rigorous exposition of a wide range of options to reduce the carbon footprint Part 1 of the book, Challenge of Sustainability, examines the fundamental drivers of energy demand - economic growth, the need for basic energy services, and the interdependence of economic, political, environmental, social, equity, legacy and policy issues. Part 2 of the book, Technological Solutions, examines how energy can be used to support basic energy service needs of homes, commercial and industrial facilities and for other applications. Part 3 of the book, case studies, covers a number of innovative projects, initiatives, concepts or self-imposed targets in different parts of the world with the aim of significantly reducing energy use and carbon footprint of a company, a community, a city or an entire country.

There was a widespread recognition among environmental engineers and energy economist of the importance of carbon reduction while sustaining the firm’s economic growth. The only book to bring together both subjects into one easy to understand reference, Carbon Reduction and Economic Sustainability not only clearly explains which option has the lowest energy/carbon footprint but also which option would better suit the business in question. This includes carbon reduction for residential, transport, industrial and public sectors.

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Environmental Engineers, Civil Engineers, Energy Economist, Chemical Engineers, and Industrial Engineers


Book information

  • Published: April 2011
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-385136-9


"The myriad issues relating to efforts to alter energy policy and use to attain sustainable levels are addressed in the 19 contributed chapters of this well-rounded volume, written by scientists and analysts in the U.S. and Europe. Each chapter is substantial in scope, with thorough examination of the issues and a decided argument on policy. The first 8 chapters examine issues of energy and policy, providing thought-provoking arguments on whether and how a large population can sustainably consume large amounts of energy, such as those currently used in the developed world. The second section offers six chapters on green building and energy efficiency in private homes, large organizations, and industry. The concluding chapters contain case studies."--Reference and Research Book News

Table of Contents

About the contributors
Part 1: Challenge of sustainability
Chapter 1: How many tanks does it take to kill a fly?
Chapter 2: What energy future?
Chapter 3: Need, want and desire
Chapter 4: Equity, economic growth and lifestyles
Chapter 5: Why we can’t have our cake and eat it too
Chapter 6: Will there be the will and the means?
Chapter 7: Is it possible to have it both ways?
Chapter 8: How do we get there from here?
Part 2: Technological fixes
Chapter 9: Getting to zero: green building and net zero energy homes
Chapter 10: Beyond the meter
Chapter 11: Redefining commercial energy use
Chapter 12: Reinventing industrial energy use
Chapter 13: Status and prospects of renewable energy
Chapter 14: District heating when little heating is needed
Part 3: Case studies
Chapter 15: Why China matters
Chapter 16: Swiss 2,000-watt society: a sustainable energy vision for the future
Chapter 17: Zeroing in on zero net energy
Chapter 18: Towards carbon neutrality
Chapter 19: Rising to the challenge of sustainability
Epilogue: Towards sustainable living