Energy, Sustainability and the Environment

Energy, Sustainability and the Environment

Technology, Incentives, Behavior

1st Edition - April 14, 2011
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  • Editor: Fereidoon Sioshansi
  • eBook ISBN: 9780123851376
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128103760

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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.

Key Features

  • The only book to clearly explain the economic and environmental engineering aspects of carbon reduction.
  • Case studies taken from a number of international projects.
  • Carbon reduction options for all sectors of society.
  • The role of the planning system in carbon reduction.


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

Table of Contents

  • Foreword



    Introduction. Can We Have Our Cake and Eat It Too?

    Chapter 1. Why Do We Use So Much Energy, and What For?

    1. Introduction

    2. Why Do We Use So Much Energy?

    3. What Do We Use Energy For?

    4. What Constitutes an Adequate Standard of Living?

    5. Lives, Lifestyles, and Socio-Economic Systems

    6. Toward a More Sustainable Lifestyle

    Chapter 2. Which Energy Future?

    1. Introduction

    2. Projecting Energy Futures

    3. Business-as-Usual Global Energy Trends Are Dominated by Increasing Fossil Fuel Usage

    4. Cooperation Between China and the United States Is a Necessary Condition to Improve the World's Energy Future

    5. No Single Solution Will Address Global Energy Objectives

    6. Linking Scenarios to Energy Policy and Planning Objectives

    Chapter 3. Energy “Needs”, Desires, and Wishes

    1. Introduction

    2. Critique of the Notion of “Needs” in the Context of “Energy Needs”

    3. Relevant Elements for a Reappraisal of Consumption Politics

    Chapter 4. Equity, Economic Growth, and Lifestyle

    1. Introduction

    2. Driving Forces for Climate Change

    3. Policies for Mitigation of Global Warming

    4. Limits to Growth Revisited

    5. Shortcomings of the Present Economic System

    Chapter 5. We Can't Have Our Cake and Eat it Too

    1. Introduction

    2. Why Consumer Society is not Sustainable

    3. The Alternative Path

    4. How might the transition be made?

    Chapter 6. Sustainability

    1. Introduction

    2. Markets, Institutions, and Society

    3. History Lessons

    4. The New Sustainable Paradigm

    Chapter 7. Is It Possible to Have It Both Ways?

    1. Introduction

    2. Current Global Emission Levels

    3. Annual Emissions Levels Required for Stabilization

    4. Reduced Energy Usage

    5. Shifting to Lower Carbon Emitting Sources

    6. Is it worth the price?

    Chapter 8. Efficiency First

    1. Introduction

    2. Utility Regulation

    3. Buildings and Appliances

    Chapter 9. Getting to Zero

    1. Introduction

    2. Residential Energy Use

    3. New Homes with Energy Efficiency as a Goal

    4. What Would it Take to Transform the New Residential Building Stock?

    5. What Else Needs to Happen?

    6. The Bottom Line: Is it Practical and Can We Afford it?

    Chapter 10. Beyond the Meter

    1. Introduction: Residential Energy Consumption and Energy Invisibility

    2. Smart Meters and in-Home Displays

    3. Some Historical Evidence

    4. The Impact on Habits, Lifestyles, and Choices

    5. The Magnitude of Potential Savings

    Chapter 11. How Organizations Can Drive Behavior-Based Energy Efficiency

    1. Introduction

    2. Overview of U.S. Nonresidential Energy Usage

    3. The Record on Occupant/Operator Behavior and Energy Use in Organizations

    4. Research and Analytical Underpinnings of Behavior-Based Efficiency

    5. Leading Energy Efficiency Strategies in the Corporate World

    6. Behavior Change in a Performance Contracting Framework

    Chapter 12. Reinventing Industrial Energy Use in a Resource-Constrained World

    1. Introduction

    2. Recent Trends in Energy Productivity

    3. Potential Energy Savings in Energy-Intensive Industries

    4. Barriers to Technological Innovation in Industry

    5. Policy Drivers of Change

    6. Manufacturing the Next Generation of Green Technologies

    Chapter 13. Prospects for Renewable Energy

    1. Introduction

    2. Overall Status of Renewable Energy Capacity and Investment

    3. Market and Technology Trends

    4. Technology/Resource Prospects

    Chapter 14. Heating Systems When Little Heating Is Needed

    1. Introduction

    2. Energy and Carbon Challenges in the Buildings Sector

    3. Assessing Possible Routes for Low-Carbon Futures

    4. Pathways for Future Buildings

    5. Implications for Grid Infrastructures and Heat Suppliers

    Chapter 15. Why China Matters

    1. Introduction

    2. Demand and Supply of Energy in China

    3. Energy and Climate Change Policy

    4. Growth Patterns and Mitigation Opportunities

    5. Future Scenarios

    Chapter 16. Swiss 2000-Watt Society

    1. Introduction

    2. The 2000-Watt Vision

    3. The White Book

    4. Current Progress

    5. Beyond Switzerland?

    Chapter 17. Zeroing in on Zero Net Energy

    1. Introduction

    2. A Brief Historical Perspective on Energy Efficiency in California


    4. Reframing Assumptions for Zero Net Energy

    Chapter 18. Toward Carbon Neutrality: The Case of the City of Austin, TX

    1. Introduction

    2. Why Climate Action?

    3. Taking Action: Austin's Climate Protection Plan

    4. Engaging the Community to Achieve Carbon Neutrality

    5. Comparison to Other Local Government Programs

    6. Lessons Learned

    Chapter 19. Rising to the Challenge of Sustainability: Three Cases of Climate and Energy Governance

    1. Introduction

    2. Clinton Climate Initiative

    3. Motorola and Climate Change

    4. Masdar City

    Epilogue: Can We Get There from Here?


Product details

  • No. of pages: 640
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Butterworth-Heinemann 2011
  • Published: April 14, 2011
  • Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
  • eBook ISBN: 9780123851376
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128103760
  • About the Editor

    Fereidoon Sioshansi

    Fereidoon Sioshansi
    Fereidoon Sioshansi is President of Menlo Energy Economics, a consulting firm focused on the rapid transformation of the electric power sector. He is the editor and publisher of EEnergy Informer, a monthly newsletter with international circulation. His professional experience includes working at Southern California Edison Co. (SCE), Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), NERA, and Global Energy Decisions. Since 2006, he has edited 13 books published by Academic Press; the latest, Variable generation, flexible demand, was published in 2021

    Affiliations and Expertise

    President, Menlo Energy Economics, San Francisco, CA, USA