'offers knowledge and inspiration to promote renewable energy in developing and industrialized countries'
Klaus Toepfer, Executive Director of UNEP
From technology to financing issues, Renewable Energy offers a comprehensive and authoritative review of the determining factors that drive worldwide dissemination of renewable energy technologies. With a clear emphasis on policy and action, contributions from internationally renowned experts combine to form a holistic picture of the current status, impacts and future potential of renewable energy. Addressing the situation in both developing and developed countries, each chapter reviews in detail a different issue, to present extensive information on social, environmental, political, economic and technological aspects. This will be essential reading for professionals in renewable energy, in particular policy-makers, researchers, NGOs and energy consultants, and a valuable resource for teachers and students of renewable energy, environmental studies, development studies, political science and international relations.
Table of Contents
Introduction * Part I - Basics * The Case for Renewable Energies * The Potentials of Renewable Energy * Renewable Energy for Transport * Part II - Policies * National Policy Instruments: Policy Lessons for the Advancement and Diffusion of Renewable Energy Technologies around the World * Renewable Energy and Regulation of Energy Markets * Removing Subsidies: Levelling the Playing Field for Renewable Energy Technologies * International Institutional Arrangements in Support of Renewable Energy * Part III - Financing * Mobilizing Finance for Renewable Energies * Clean Development Mechanism and Joint Implementation: New Instruments for Financing Renewable Energy Technologies * Part IV - Developing Countries * Putting Development First: The Role of Renewable Energy in Achieving the Millennium Development Goals * Traditional Biomass Energy: Improving Its Use and Moving to Modern Energy Use * Gender Equity and Renewable Energies * Part V - Capacities * Research and Development: The Basis for Widespread Employment of Renewable Energies * Capacity Development for Renewable Energies: Know-how, Information, Awareness, Education and Training *