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Energy Policy Implications

  • Ivan Scrase
  • Florian Kern
  • Markku Lehtonen
  • Gordon MacKerron
  • Mari Martiskainen
  • Francis McGowan
  • David Ockwell
  • Raphael Sauter
  • Adrian Smith
  • Steve Sorrell
  • Tao Wang
  • Jim Watson
Part of the Energy, Climate and the Environment Series book series (ECE)

Abstract

Over 20 years ago UN Commission on Environment and Development called on governments around the world to make sustainable development their first priority. The ‘Brundtland Report’ provided a definition still regularly quoted in policy documents committing governments to the aim. Sustainable development is:
  • [D]evelopment that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. It contains within it two concepts:
    • the concept of ‘needs’, in particular the essential needs of the world’s poor, to which overriding priority should be given; and

    • the idea of limitations imposed by the state of technology and social organisation on the environment’s ability to meet present and future needs.

      (WCED, 1987: 43)

The opening sentence above has become very familiar, but the two clarifying points that follow are rarely included. Sustainable development is now interpreted in diverse ways in various national and international contexts, often such that the detail presents little challenge to the status quo. For example, in the UK it has been interpreted as a domestic ‘quality of life’ agenda, or as a matter of ‘balancing’ economic, social and environmental protection goals in policymaking.

Keywords

Energy Policy Trading Scheme Energy Service Energy Security Energy Infrastructure 
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Copyright information

© Ivan Scrase, Florian Kern, Markku Lehtonen, Gordon MacKerron, Mari Martiskainen, Francis McGowan, David Ockwell, Raphael Sauter, Adrian Smith, Steve Sorrell, Tao Wang and Jim Watson 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  • Ivan Scrase
  • Florian Kern
  • Markku Lehtonen
  • Gordon MacKerron
  • Mari Martiskainen
  • Francis McGowan
  • David Ockwell
  • Raphael Sauter
  • Adrian Smith
  • Steve Sorrell
  • Tao Wang
  • Jim Watson

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