The book ‘Energie voor groene welvaart’ (‘Energy for green welfare’), written by Trinomics senior consultant Dr Stephan Slingerland, is now available from Aeneas Publishers. The book discusses three trends in the global energy sector that currently take place at the same time: a sharp rise in the share of renewable energy, continuing investments in fossil fuels, and a strongly increasing energy demand in developing countries. It argues that, despite optimism by some about the proximity of a ‘green tipping point’ for the energy sector, it is more likely that these three trends will go on in the future if no drastic change of current policies worldwide takes place. More specifically, for a successful global energy transition policies need to 1) focus on a broad set of global environmental goals rather than on climate change alone in order to prevent trade-offs between these goals, 2) try to find ways to come to an agreement with global fossil interests rather than to trust in markets alone to bring about greening of the energy sector, 3) reduce the welfare gap between industrialised and developing countries rather than to see greening as a way to build up competitive advantages for industrialised countries, and 4) discuss new contents and ways of measuring ‘green welfare’, beyond BNP and material consumerism.
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