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Introduction

  • Sarah Debor
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Part of the Contributions to Economics book series (CE)

Abstract

Development of renewable energy systems stands as one of the great challenges of this century. Contemporary energy systems act as a central driver of anthropogenic climate change. In fact, two thirds—about 35%—of all greenhouse gases (CO2, CH4, N2O, H-FKW/HFC, FKW/PFC, SF6) are emitted by the global energy-supply sector (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change 2014, p. 516; International Energy Agency 2015b, p. 20). The main reason for this is intensive consumption of greenhouse gas-generating fossil energy resources, primarily oil, coal and natural gas.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sarah Debor
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  1. 1.Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and EnergyWuppertalGermany

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