The book begins by charting the development of the current global energy system - exploring its key characteristics with a focus upon energy security and the relationship between energy, economic development and climate change. The next four chapters offer in-depth analyses of four distinct global energy dilemmas in different parts of the world: the challenge of sustaining affluence and decarbonising energy services in the high-energy economies of the developed world; the legacies of the centrally planned economy and the consequences of liberalisation in the post-socialist world; growing energy demand and emissions growth associated with the emerging regions; and finally, the quest to provide universal access to modern energy services in the developing world in a manner that is both economically and environmentally sustainable.
Identifying the governance structures and policy options available to tackle the global energy dilemma, the book concludes that only an integrated approach - sensitive to regional issues - can reconcile the interests and needs of those facing differing energy challenges across the world today.
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1 Introduction 1
2 The Global Energy Dilemmas Nexus 23
3 Sustaining Affluence: Energy Dilemmas in High-Energy Societies 50
4 Legacies and Liberalization: Energy Dilemmas in the
Post-Socialist States 84
5 Fueling Growth: Energy Dilemmas in the Emerging Economies 120
6 Energizing Development: Energy Dilemmas in the
Developing World 149
7 Conclusions 181
Appendix: Country Classification 194