Limiting Global Warming to Well Below 2 °C: Energy System Modelling and Policy Development

  • George Giannakidis
  • Kenneth Karlsson
  • Maryse Labriet
  • Brian Ó Gallachóir

Part of the Lecture Notes in Energy book series (LNEN, volume 64)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Maryse Labriet, George Giannakidis, Kenneth Karlsson, Brian Ó Gallachóir
    Pages 1-13
  3. The Radical Transformation of the Global Energy System

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 15-15
    2. Antti Lehtilä, Tiina Koljonen
      Pages 33-49
    3. Matthew Winning, Steve Pye, James Glynn, Daniel Scamman, Daniel Welsby
      Pages 51-65
    4. Kenneth Karlsson, Jørgen Nørgård, Juan Gea Bermúdez, Olexandr Balyk, Mathis Wackernagel, James Glynn et al.
      Pages 85-102
  4. The Diversity of the National Energy Transitions in Europe

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 103-103
    2. Pernille Seljom, Eva Rosenberg
      Pages 105-121
    3. Jacopo Tattini, Eamonn Mulholland, Giada Venturini, Mohammad Ahanchian, Maurizio Gargiulo, Olexandr Balyk et al.
      Pages 137-153
    4. Ariane Millot, Rémy Doudard, Thomas Le Gallic, François Briens, Edi Assoumou, Nadia Maïzi
      Pages 173-190
    5. Xiufeng Yue, Fionn Rogan, James Glynn, Brian Ó Gallachóir
      Pages 191-205
    6. Júlia Seixas, Sofia G. Simoes, Patrícia Fortes, João Pedro Gouveia
      Pages 207-223
  5. The Decarbonisation Pathways Outside Europe

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 225-225
    2. Luke J. Reedman, Amit Kanudia, Paul W. Graham, Jing Qiu, Thomas S. Brinsmead, Dongxiao Wang et al.
      Pages 261-276
    3. Maksym Chepeliev, Oleksandr Diachuk, Roman Podolets
      Pages 277-295
    4. Aiymgul Kerimray, Bakytzhan Suleimenov, Rocco De Miglio, Luis Rojas-Solórzano, Brian Ó Gallachóir
      Pages 297-314
    5. Baltazar Solano-Rodríguez, Amalia Pizarro-Alonso, Kathleen Vaillancourt, Cecilia Martin-del-Campo
      Pages 315-331
    6. Gary Goldstein, Pascal Delaquil, Fadiel Ahjum, Bruno Merven, Adrian Stone, James Cullis et al.
      Pages 347-369
  6. The Role of Cities and Local Communities

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 371-371
    2. George Giannakidis, Maurizio Gargiulo, Rocco De Miglio, Alessandro Chiodi, Julia Seixas, Sofia G. Simoes et al.
      Pages 373-389

About this book


This book presents the energy system roadmaps necessary to limit global temperature increase to below 2°C, in order to avoid the catastrophic impacts of climate change. It provides a unique perspective on and critical understanding of the feasibility of a well-below-2°C world by exploring energy system pathways, technology innovations, behaviour change and the macro-economic impacts of achieving carbon neutrality by mid-century. The transformative changes in the energy transition are explored using energy systems models and scenario analyses that are applied to various cities, countries and at a global scale to offer scientific evidence to underpin complex policy decisions relating to climate change mitigation and interrelated issues like energy security and the energy–water nexus. It includes several chapters directly related to the Nationally Determined Contributions proposed in the context of the recent Paris Agreement on Climate Change.


In summary, the book collates a range of concrete analyses at different scales from around the globe, revisiting the roles of countries, cities and local communities in pathways to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions and make a well-below-2°C world a reality.

A valuable source of information for energy modellers in both the industry and public sectors, it provides a critical understanding of both the feasibility of roadmaps to achieve a well-below-2°C world, and the diversity and wide applications of energy systems models. Encompassing behaviour changes; technology innovations; macro-economic impacts; and other environmental challenges, such as water, it is also of interest to energy economists and engineers, as well as economic modellers working in the field of climate change mitigation.


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Editors and affiliations

  • George Giannakidis
    • 1
  • Kenneth Karlsson
    • 2
  • Maryse Labriet
    • 3
  • Brian Ó Gallachóir
    • 4
  1. 1.Laboratory for Energy Systems AnalysisCentre for Renewable Energy Sources and Saving (CRES)AthensGreece
  2. 2.DTU Management EngineeringTechnical University of DenmarkKgs. LyngbyDenmark
  3. 3.Eneris Environment Energy ConsultantsMadridSpain
  4. 4.MaREI Centre, Environmental Research InstituteUniversity College CorkCorkIreland

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Energy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-74423-0
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-74424-7
  • Series Print ISSN 2195-1284
  • Series Online ISSN 2195-1292
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