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Handbook of Sustainable Development

Handbook of Sustainable Development

Second Edition

Edited by Giles Atkinson, Simon Dietz, Eric Neumayer and Matthew Agarwala

This timely and important Handbook takes stock of progress made in our understanding of what sustainable development actually is and how it can be measured and achieved.

Chapter 33: Sustainable energy policy

Richard Green, Yacob Mulugetta and ZhongXiang Zhang

Subjects: economics and finance, environmental economics, environment, environmental economics, environmental geography, valuation


The period ahead must be regarded as transitional from an era in which energy has been used in an unsustainable manner. A generally acceptable pathway to a safe and sustainable energy future has not yet been found. We do not believe that these dilemmas have yet been addressed by the international community with a sufficient sense of urgency and in a global perspective. (Brundtland Report, 1987, ch. 7, para. 5)

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