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1. Renewables are Getting Cheaper by Professor Peter Yang (USA and China)

ISBN 9781907543722

9781907543722

Renewable Energy Intensity of Major Economies  By Professor Peter Yang

Introduction

Renewable energy has become an important component in the world energy supply. In 2014, renewables represented around 59 percent of net additions to global power capacity, more than coal and gas combined. The cost of electricity from wind and solar has fallen dramatically in recent years as a result of technological advancement and market diffusion.Wind power, for example, has turned into a mainstream technology. It is already cheaper in Australia and Brazil than fossil fuels and directly competes with them in an increasing number of markets including Mexico, New Zealand, South Africa and parts of China and the United States.

Wind power has become the power technology of choice as governments, utilities, and energy planners aim to reduce CO2 emissions and air pollution, diversify their energy mix, protect their economies from volatile fossil fuel prices, and benefit from increased investment and job creation. With the right policy support, the global wind sector could reach 1,000 GW by 2020 avoiding over 9 billion tons of CO2 emissions per year.While solar expansion faced some slowdown in Europe, it experienced exponential surge in China and Japan. Despite the slowdown, solar PV technology has already exceeded its deployment goals under the European Commission’s renewable energy targets. With renewables accounting for a projected 15.3 percent of total European energy consumption in 2014, the EU is on track to meet its 2020 targets. While solar costs have dropped drastically and are still falling, grid-based power prices are rising.

In addition, solar module prices will fall another 40 percent over the next four to five years. As a result, solar is expected to be at grid parity in most countries by the end of 2017. Even if electricity prices remain stable, solar is going to be cheaper in two thirds of the world than their current fossil fuel power supply.Many studies argued that the green economic transformation has become necessary; it could not only help reduce the carbon emissions of the economic activities and the related impact on global warming and climate change but also contribute to increasing the technological innovation for energy efficiency and renewable energy generation and consumption, and to sustaining the real economic growth and reduce its ecological impact on the planet (WBCSD 2000, Omer 2008, Chen et al.2 011, Garg et al. 2011, Kaygusuz 2012, Mansoor 2013)

.However, the major economies under investigation behaved and performed differently in this transformation, some proactively and the others more or less reactively. Because of their economic powers in the world economy and the crucial role they have played and will continue to play in determining the direction of future globalization and climate change, their behaviors and performances have substantial economic and climate political impacts on the world economy.

In other words, the major economies’ moves will set the course for the further development of the globalization and climate and determine if the global economy and climate will evolve in a sustainable way or in an unsustainable way with irreversible consequences. At the same time, their green moves will impact their individual competitiveness in the future green economic transformation and determine if and how competitively they will perform in this green transformation.

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2. The Greening of Energy Policies for the 21st Century Edited by Miriam Kennet and Ryota Koike (Japan and UK)

ISBN 9781907543326

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Green Economics and Energy Policy An introduction for the general reader who wants to understand green economics and also the latest thinking about energy in one easy to read volume. Working in the context of post Fukushima (Japan) and Chernobyl(Ukraine) as well as the Institute which created the academic discipline of Green Economics,(UK),this book provides a completely new round up of the current state of innovation in energy policy and life style changes for the success of all of us in the 21st century and our survivability. Introduces the reader to the important and innovative state of the art developments and aspects of both Green Economics and the measures being used to combat climate change and to meet the challenges of an increasing global population whilst at the same time changing life styles, using technology and policy and regulation.Green Economics has emerged as a counterpart to mainstream orthodox economics. Having seen the main-stream economics failure in connecting nature and human activities there have been countless problems emerging, which harm the people and marginalize the poor around the world. As a result, Green Economics has developed its entirely new and exciting discipline or school of economics. Green Economics is based on a different ethics about economics and takes alternative and innovative perspectives on the global issues, suggesting new options and solutions affordable to society in the age of resource scarcity and global climate change. As business-as-usual approach dominates the mainstream, the world is facing unseen problems which have not been previously witnessed in our history. The global population has reached 7 billion and is likely to reach 8.5 billion by 2050 and global electricity demand is expected to increase by 80% by 2040, which exceeds the ecological carrying capacity. Having acknowledged the situation, this book aims to provide focus on the issues raised by current energy policies with a diverse group of researchers from around the world. The book also examines the risks of nuclear energy and suggests a blueprint for a transition to a low carbon society by developing renewable energy. It helps illustrate the way of re-examining such costly energy policies and dangerous nuclear disaster scenario.

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3. Rolling Back the Tide of Climate Change: Renewable Energy Policy in the USA and China Edited by Professor Peter Yang (USA and China)

ISBN 9781907543777

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As the United States and China together currently make up around 35 percent of the world economy and 44 percent of the world CO2 emissions, without their serious actions, mankind’s battle against global warming would appear as Sisyphus’ ceaseless yet vain uphill labor. Worse if either or both economic and environmental giants kept blaming each other of the eco footprint and expecting each other to fight the battle first.

This book is a thorough investigation of the two economic powerhouses’ environmental and ecological impacts in recent decades as well as their greening responses to the mounting sustainability challenges. It will help us not only answer many difficult yet provoking ethical questions related to sustainability, but also gain insights into the two giants’ sustainability challenges, assess the effectiveness of their recent greening efforts, and propose further greening policy innovations.
It will help enlighten every sustainability related seminar, empower every eco conscious student, activist, and citizen, and transform every economic and environmental policy and law maker and professional in their decision making.

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4. Introducing Renewables:The Energy of Choice for the 21st Century  Edited by Federica Savarino and Iolanda Cum (Italy)

ISBN 9781907543166

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5. Green Economics and Climate Change

Edited by Winston Ka Ming Mak (UK and Hong Kong)

ISBN 9781907543104

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Green Economics and Climate Change

Green Economics and Climate Change

Contents

UNDERSTANDING GREEN ECONOMICS 1. Green Economics: Provisioning for all people everywhere, other species, nature, the planet and its systems Miriam Kennet, Volker Heinemann and Michelle S. Gale de Oliveira 2 2. Green Economics: A global movement for change Miriam Kennet 11 3. What is Green Economics? A new discipline Volker Heinemann 14 4. Global green human being: its concepts and main issues Kristina Jociute 16 5. Green Economics: 10 key points for avoiding further catastrophic runaway climate change Miriam Kennet 27 6. Greening the Academy – Economics: the latest developments and issues in environmental and Green Economics Miriam Kennet and Michele Gale de Oliveira 31 7. Hearts of poverty and climate change Parvez Babul 44 8. Green Economics Institute – 20 key demands for climate change policy and Kyoto Process in the run-up to COP 17 Durban Conference Miriam Kennet

CLIMATE CHANGE ECONOMICS AS MANIFESTATION OF GREEN ECONOMICS PRINCIPLES 9. How much is the devastation of climate change worth? Can traditional economics tell? Winston Ka-Ming Mak 51 10. Ferraris for All? Clive Lord 58 11. The Siane Strategy: Foundation for a sustainable world Clive Lord 61 12. Managing a lower growth economy: Prosperity without growth Miriam Kennet and Volker Heinemann 67 13. Finance and instability: Re-focusing the economic policy agenda Maria Alejandra Caporale Madi 81 14. Is the Environmental Kuznets Curve applicable to East Asian economies? Evidence using fixed effects estimation Klarizze Puzon, Ruperto Alonzo and Daren De Castro 90 15. The missing signal: how ecological prices change markets and decision-making Graciela Chichilnisky 110 16. From carbon markets towards climate social justice Maria Delfina Rossi 141 17. Beyond the Kyoto Protocol – How the realities of climate economics will affect the formulation of a global deal and can a new theoretical approach create a more effective and acceptable successor? Peter Kirby-Harris 152 18. Decoding Durban: Deal or no Deal? Deal, for a Deal Later Winston Ka-Ming Mak 162

CORE SOLUTIONS TO CLIMATE CHANGE PART I: RESHAPING THE MARKETS 19. Managing the economy – Creating green economies in sub-national jurisdictions Meredith Hunter MLA 181 20. Border tax adjustments and carbon leakage: a conceptual introduction Haihan Yu, Jennifer L. Umlas and Klarizze M. Puzon 186 21. Green agenda ‘is’ the emergency plan for the British economy Winston Ka-Ming Mak 193 22. Green Investment Bank: Driving transition to a low-carbon economy Winston Ka-Ming Mak 195 23. A simplified Carbon Reduction Commitment, can it become a commitment for both business and the environment? Winston Ka-Ming Mak 199 24. Global change innovative – Green economy thinking impact on the insurance industry Aija Graudina 207

PART II: REFORMING THE REGULATIONS 25. The Green Economics dialogue and the green built environment Miriam Kennet 219 26. Energy consumption in the built environment: Measuring and reducing an organisations’ environmental impact Monika E. Siegrist 234 27. The state of green built environment in Britain Winston Ka-Ming Mak 242 28. The role of decent work conditions in greening the urban environment Edmundo Werna and Abdul Saboor Atrafi 250 PART III: EXPLORING AND ECONOMISING “TECHNO FIXES” 29. The arrival of renewables era Winston Ka-Ming Mak 265 30. New nuclear plants neither ‘democratic’ nor ‘the solution’ Winston Ka-Ming Mak 277 31. European SuperSmart Grid: Great opportunities for renewable energy sources Winston Ka-Ming Mak 282 32. Responses to climate change and their implications for green jobs: Techno fixes or lifestyle changes? Katie Black 287 33. The efficiency of carbon sequestration via planting new forests or stopping deforestation Katie Black 291 34. Mitigation options for climate change – a supply-demand tale Winston Ka-Ming Mak 297

PART IV: INSTILLING CHANGES TO LIFESTYLE 35. Green IT: The issues and the solutions Rakesh Kumar 302 36. Instabilities in economies, in economics and in electronics Henry Cox 309 37. Beyond green jobs Enrico Tezza 318 38. The emergent slow travel market Peter McGrath 324 39. Carrier bag levy for England – Lesson from Hong Kong Winston Ka-Ming Mak 327

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6. Renewable Energy Production Using Algal Biomass: Economic and Management Analysis of Renewable Energy Production Using Algal Biomass

By Iolanda Cum (Italy)

ISBN 9781907543982

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7. The Green Built Environment

Edited by Miriam Kennet and Judith Felton

ISBN 9781907543067

The Green Built Environment

The Green Built Environment

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Authors

Katie Black graduated with a first-class Masters in Chemistry from Leeds University in 2010. She specialised in innovative new solutions for Carbon Capture and Storage. She is now working for the Green Economics Institute developing and co-editing a new series of books for the Institute.She represented them in Cancun Climate Conference.

Cristina Cerulli qualified as an architetto in Florence in 1999 and has worked in practice and academia. At the School of Architecture, University of Sheffield, she teaches in the MArch and MA in Urban Design programmes and is active in research. Her interests range from community – led housing development models and shared models of living to alternative and creative forms of management and procurement, emergence, resilience, mutuality and collaboration. Cristina is a member of the research centre agency a co-founder of Studio Polpo, a social enterprise architectural practice.

Chit Chong has worked as an environmental professional for 20 years, half of which has been on environmental issues in housing. He has been the environmental lead on a number of low energy retrofit projects.

Rachel Curzon has a strong background in human geography and the related fields of planning and housing. Her current areas of specialist interest include decision-making processes, stakeholder engagement, partnership working, corporate social responsibility and sustainability issues. She is involved as a researcher for RELU.

Jonathan Essex is the Sustainable Construction Manager for BioRegional Development Group and an elected Green Councillor in Redhill, Surrey. Jonathan is currently working on practical initiatives to improve sustainability in construction – including predemolition audits to increase reclamation and setting up new enterprises to reuse surplus materials from construction sites (see www.reiy.net). Jonathan has previously worked as a chartered civil engineer in Bangladesh. Jonathan is speaking at the GEI event in a personal capacity. Martin Field has substantial experience in the housing and community sectors. He has written numerous pieces on Cohousing including the book “Thinking about Cohousing”, and is editing another Diggers and Dreamers’ publication on this subject for Spring 2011. He is an associate of the NIUA at Northampton University.’

David Jarvis is Managing Director of David Jarvis Associates Limited.He is a strategic planner, Environmental Assessor, Mineral Planner and Landscape Architect. He specialises in planning and design of large scale developments, environmental assessment,project management, computer applications and planning, design and project management. He has published articles in Architects Journal, Building Design, Planning, Landscape Design and Mineral Planning. He has undertaken 18 pieces of research commissioned by the UK Government. He was Chairman of the Landscape Alliance (representing 20,000 landscape architects worldwide) 1995-1997 and President of The Landscape Institute (UK) 2000-2002. He has chaired or contributed to conferences in Australia, Canada, Costa Rica, Denmark, France, Japan, Mexico, Singapore, Trinidad, UK and the USA.

Dr Carol Kambites is a research fellow in the Countryside and Community Research Institute (www.ccri.ac.uk), based at the University of Gloucestershire. Carol’s research interests are mainly in sustainability, communities and social capital, local governance and the ways in which people relate to the places where they live. She has a particular interest in discourse analysis as a tool for understanding underlying attitudes and beliefs.

Miriam Kennet is Director and co-founder of the Green Economics Institute and the founder and editor of the International Journal of Green Economics for academic publishers Inderscience. She is Editor of the Green Economics series of books for Ashgate Academic Publishers and Gower Management Publishers. She is Director of Studies at Green Economics Institute’s Interns College. She is a member of the Environmental Change Institute, Oxford University and of Mansfield College, Oxford University, an author and reviewer for the IPCC and also leads a delegation to the Kyoto Protocol and COP conferences and is a parish councillor for a rural area.

Paul W. King has been involved with low-carbon sustainability since completing a Masters Degree in Renewable Energy Systems Technology at CREST, Loughborough University. As a result of working with SMEs and construction consultancies he has provided diverselow-carbon sustainability-related consultancy services, including: MOD Sustainability & Environmental Assessment Tools and DREAM expert-knowledge, training, & skills transfer; HM Government Estate Sustainable Operations benchmarking, targeting, programming,& monitoring; non-invasive energy & water auditing for DEFRA; low-impact procurement & renewable energy feasibility studies; & sustainable-construction BREEAM assessments. He is also involved with the local Action 21 project, providing component and appliance up-cycling and re-use advice for domestic household applications.

Melissa Kinnear grew up and studied architecture in Johannesburg, South Africa and completed her architectural degree in 1999. She has worked in a variety of architectural offices mostly focussing on housing projects with a strong commitment to sustainable design. In 2004, Melissa co-founded ASF-London which has developed into ASF-UK where she now works as General Manager in a voluntary capacity. She currently tutors at Oxford Brookes University in the Development and Emergency Practice design studio for undergraduates and has recently completed a masters in Development and Emergency Practice at Oxford Brookes University.

Helen Long studied the ‘Eco Village Design Education- Design for Sustainability’ certificate (an official contribution to UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development) with Gaia Education at the Findhorn Foundation. She has since advised on a sustainable housing development plan; and next has responsibility for considering how to deliver the design training for children- to design their local areas. In September she is due to study BSc Environmental Geography and International Development at University of East Anglia. helenlong@ecomail.org http://prudefledgling.blogspot.com

Clive Lord was a founder member of the Green Party in 1973, He served as a Probation officer for 30 years, retiring in 1994. Clive’s book, ‘A Citizens’ Income – a Foundation for a Sustainable World’ was published in 2003, but he is hoping to have an improved update published in future. He maintains that his cohtrbution to the debate on sustainability is fundamental to those from others able to take matters forward.

Pauline Mouret is a student at AgroParisTech, a famous French engineering school, specialising in environmental sciences and agronomy. She is particularly interested in environmental and agricultural issues. She is working at the Green Economics Institute after working on agricultural development in Cameroon. Last year, she studied the efficiency of green roofs to protect urban biodiversity in the ecology centre at Orsay South Paris University.

Suzanne Natelson works part-time at Sustain. Her main areas of work are organising events and co-ordinating the Local Action on Food network. She is also leading the work at Sustain on spatial planning and food. She has an MSc in Social and Political Theory and a BA in Archaeology and Ancient History. Previous jobs include campaigning at WWF European Policy Office on an EU regulation on chemicals and coordinating a project at Consumers International on competition policy. Suzanne@sustainweb.org

Dr Mark P. Robbins is a project leader on biomass for UK power stations. Analysis of lignification, densification and combustion characteristics of energy crops with particular reference to Miscanthus and ‘energy grasses’ and their use in small and medium-sized combustion facilities

Dr Alister Scott is a social scientist, geographer and chartered planner with research interests centred around the changing nature of governance and partnerships with particular interest in the way sustainable development has been conceptualised and operationalised. His current research is located in the urban rural fringe reflecting the importance of understanding urban rural interrelationships. Alister has led research projects worth over GBP2m and has 16 peer-reviewed ISI-listed journal articles published or in press with the majority as first author, in addition to book chapters and other publications. His work is focussed primarily on policy-related problems and has been featured by the Guardian, Radio 4 and ITV. He has played a leading role in the development of the landscape forum in Scotland through his position as an Area Board member of SNH. He has been recognised for his landscape expertise with invited international papers and keynote lectures for Institute of Welsh Affairs and Europarc. He regularly review papers for the leading ISI planning, rural and landscape journals. Peter Taylor is consultant ecologist at Ethos Communications.

Colin Tudge is a biologist by education and a writer by inclination – on biology, food and agriculture, and the philosophy of science. He has worked for Farmer Weekly, New Scientist, and BBC Radio 3. His latest books include The Secret Life of Trees, Feeding People is Easy, and Consider the Birds (aka The Secret Life of Birds). Good Food for Everyone forever is due to be published soon. He and his wife Ruth established the Campaign for Real College and the College for Enlightened Agriculture in 2009.

Edmundo Werna has worked for over 25 years on different aspects of labour in urban development. He joined the ILO in 2004. His sectoral activities at the ILO cut across the four pillars of decent work. He has a PhD in urban development from the University of London (UK), an MPhil in development studies from the Institute of Development Studies in Sussex (UK), and a Bachelor’s degree in urban development and architecture from the Federal University of Minas Gerais (Brazil). Dr. Werna also has extensive academic experience, having done research and lectured in British, Brazilian and Italian universities and at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in the US. He has published eight books in the UK and USA, plus many chapters in edited books and several articles in scientific journals. He is a member of the editorial board of the journals Habitat International and International Journal of Sustainable Urban Development.

Nuala Young was awarded BA and MA degrees in “the European Mind” and the “Post war European Novel” and went on to teach languages and literature as well as General Studies. For the latter she researched and taught about environmental challenges at a time when environmental issues were not really appearing on the UK national media or consciousness. She has since lectured on European Culture at Brookes University,Oxford. Since 1980 she has been one of the co-ordinators of Oxford CND. For the last 5 years she has been one of the City’s Green Councillors and has sat on the Central Planning Committee as well as chairing one of the City’s Area Committees which also has responsibilities for planning.

 

8. The Green Transport Revolution

ISBN 9781907543961

Edited by Richard Holcroft (University of Oxford)

This book explores the new innovations in transport and presents data and updates on the current waves of change in attitude and practice in transport from leading pracititioners, top campaigners and policy makers in the field. It discusses the latest hot topics- and has sections on all modes of transport- road, air, rail,cycling, walking, buses,cars and their future, economy and structure, etc with sections on each and wades into the controversy. It was launched in the House of Commons by Louise Ellman MP and leader of the commons committee on Transport

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9. Biodiversity Loss:The Threat to Life on Earth

ISBN 9781907543227

Edited by Anna Wainer (Imperial College)

9781907543227

 

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