The Palgrave Handbook of Managing Fossil Fuels and Energy Transitions

  • Geoffrey Wood
  • Keith Baker

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-li
  2. Introduction

  3. Managing the Decline of Fossil Fuels

  4. Towards a New Agenda?

  5. Epilogue

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 609-609
    2. Keith Baker, Geoffrey Wood
      Pages 617-620
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 621-647

About this book


This Handbook is the first volume to comprehensively analyse and problem-solve how to manage the decline of fossil fuels as the world tackles climate change and shifts towards a low-carbon energy transition. The overall findings are straight-forward and unsurprising: although fossil fuels have powered the industrialisation of many nations and improved the lives of hundreds of millions of people, another century dominated by fossil fuels would be disastrous. Fossil fuels and associated greenhouse gas emissions must be reduced to a level that avoids rising temperatures and rising risks in support of a just and sustainable energy transition. 

Divided into four sections and 25 contributions from global leading experts, the chapters span a wide range of energy technologies and sources including fossil fuels, carbon mitigation options, renewables, low carbon energy, energy storage, electric vehicles and energy sectors (electricity, heat and transport). They cover varied legal jurisdictions and multiple governance approaches encompassing multi- and inter-disciplinary technological, environmental, social, economic, political, legal and policy perspectives with timely case studies from Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, North America, South America and the Pacific.  

Providing an insightful contribution to the literature and a much-needed synthesis of the field as a whole, this book will have great appeal to decision makers, practitioners, students and scholars in the field of energy transition studies seeking a comprehensive understanding of the opportunities and challenges in managing the decline of fossil fuels.

Geoffrey Wood is a teaching fellow in International Energy Law and Policy at Stirling University Law School, UK. Actively involved in research specialising in energy, multi-level governance and energy transitions, he has published over 40 articles, books, chapters and other publications. Geoff has previously held research, lecturing and consultancy positions at Dundee University, the Scottish Government and the Offshore Renewables Institute.

Keith Baker is a researcher in Fuel Poverty and Energy Policy at the Built Environment Asset Management Centre, Glasgow Caledonian University, UK, Co-founder of the Energy Poverty Research initiative, and an active member of the Scottish ‘think and do’ tank, Common Weal. 


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Editors and affiliations

  • Geoffrey Wood
    • 1
  • Keith Baker
    • 2
  1. 1.School of LawUniversity of StirlingStirlingUK
  2. 2.Built Environment Asset Management (BEAM) CentreGlasgow Caledonian UniversityGlasgowUK

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Energy Energy (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-28075-8
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-28076-5
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