Energy and economic growth: why we need a new pathway to prosperity

Foxon, Timothy (2017) Energy and economic growth: why we need a new pathway to prosperity. Routledge Studies in Enegry Transitions . Routledge, Abingdon and New York. ISBN 9781138669307

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Abstract

Access to new sources of energy and their efficient conversion to provide useful work have been key drivers of economic growth since the industrial revolution. Western countries now need to transform their energy systems and move away from the single-minded pursuit of economic growth in order to reduce our carbon emissions, and to allow the environmental space for other countries to develop in a more sustainable way. Achieving this requires understanding of the dynamics of economic and industrial change with appreciation of the dependence of economies on ecological systems.
Energy and Economic Growth thus examines the links between three issues: history of energy sources, technologies and uses; ecological challenges associated with the current dominant economic growth paradigm; and the future low carbon energy transition to mitigate human-induced climate change. Providing a historical understanding of the relevant connections between physical, social and economic changes, the book enables the reader to better understand the connection between their own energy use and global economic and environmental systems, and to be able to ask the right questions of our political and business leaders.
This is a valuable resource for students, scholars and policy makers with an interest in energy,climate change and economic thinking.

Item Type: Book
Keywords: energy, economic growth, low carbon transition, industrial revolution
Schools and Departments: School of Business, Management and Economics > SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic history and conditions > HC0079 Special topics, A-Z > HC0079.E5 Environmental policy and economic development. Sustainable development Including environmental economics
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labour > HD0072 Economic development. Development economics. Economic growth
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labour > HD9000 Special industries and trades > HD9502 Energy industries. Energy policy. Fuel trade
Depositing User: Timothy Foxon
Date Deposited: 16 Nov 2017 15:28
Last Modified: 16 Nov 2017 15:28
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/71318
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