Sustainable Development and Innovation in the Energy Sector

  • Ulrich Steger
  • Wouter Achterberg (†)
  • Kornelis Blok
  • Henning Bode
  • Walter Frenz
  • Corinna Gather
  • Gerd Hanekamp
  • Dieter Imboden
  • Matthias Jahnke
  • Michael Kost
  • Rudi Kurz
  • Hans G. Nutzinger
  • Thomas Ziesemer
  • Friederike Wütscher

About this book

Introduction

Almost every energy scenario assumes an enormous growth in the demand for energy in the coming decades. Meanwhile, at international conferences and other venues, the primary concern is massive reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, especially of the CO2 produced by fossil-fuel energy consumption. Experts also point out the political risk of depending on petroleum and remind us of the fact that resources are not inexhaustible. This timely book explores: how these conflicting scenarios could be reconciled; how can we shape a more sustainable energy system from the existing one; and possible technological progress and innovations to enable a brighter future. It also addresses the reality that there exists no consensus on the extent to which innovations can really contribute to reconciling ever-growing energy consumption, availability of resources and the environment, and the structural demands on any energy system.

Keywords

Energy efficiency Energy scenario Energy systems Innovation Renewable energy Sustainable Energy development

Authors and affiliations

  • Ulrich Steger
    • 1
  • Wouter Achterberg (†)
  • Kornelis Blok
  • Henning Bode
  • Walter Frenz
  • Corinna Gather
  • Gerd Hanekamp
  • Dieter Imboden
  • Matthias Jahnke
  • Michael Kost
  • Rudi Kurz
  • Hans G. Nutzinger
  • Thomas Ziesemer
  1. 1.IMD LausanneLausanneSwitzerland

Editors and affiliations

  • Friederike Wütscher
    • 1
  1. 1.Europäische Akademie GmbHBad Neuenahr-AhrweilerGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/b138239
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2005
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Business and Economics
  • Print ISBN 978-3-540-23103-5
  • Online ISBN 978-3-540-26882-6
  • About this book