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




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


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About the editor

Fereidoon Sioshansi

Dr. Fereidoon Sioshansi is President of Menlo Energy Economics, a consulting firm based in San Francisco with over 35 years of experience in the electric power sectore working in analysis of energy markets, specializing in the policy, regulatory, technical and environmental aspects of the electric power sector in the US and internationally. His research and professional interests are concentrated in demand and price forecasting, electricity market design, competitive pricing & bidding, integrated resource planning, energy conservation and energy efficiency, economics of global climate change, sustainability, energy security, renewable energy technologies, and comparative performance of competitive electricity markets. Dr. Sioshansi advises major utility clients and government policy makers domestically and internationally on electricity market reform, restructuring and privatization of the electric power sector. He has published numerous reports, books, book chapters and papers in peer-reviewed journals on a wide range of subjects. His professional background includes working at Southern California Edison Co. (SCE), Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), NERA, and Global Energy Decisions. He is the editor and publisher of EEnergy Informer, a monthly newsletter with international circulation. He is on the Editorial Advisory Board of The Electricity Journal where he is regularly featured in the “Electricity Currents” section. Dr. Sioshansi also serves on the editorial board of Utilities Policy and is a frequent contributor to Energy Policy. Since 2006, He has edited nine books on related topics with Elsevier.


"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