International Handbook of Energy Security
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International Handbook of Energy Security

Edited by Hugh Dyer and Maria Julia Trombetta

This Handbook brings together energy security experts to explore the implications of framing the energy debate in security terms, both in respect of the governance of energy systems and the practices associated with energy security.
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Chapter 18: Paradoxes and harmony in the energy-climate governance nexus

Stéphane La Branche


As early as 2008, climate change was seen by most international organisations as both the number one accelerator and amplifier of natural risks and the single most important obstacle to development efforts in the third world. This position has been reinforced since, driven home by new empirical data and studies from almost all disciplines. In the academic, public, economic and political spheres, climate change (CC) is raising deep issues about the economic structure of our society, debates and theorisation regarding post-carbon or non-carbon based production and consumption (or the green economy). Even a cursory look at this book shows how highly complex the interconnections between energy and climate governance can be. These links give some indications that CC is slowly inserting itself into every aspect of our societies. Indeed, our argument is that climate governance is becoming a meta-governance, redefining, modifying and inserting itself into already existing ones. But this movement toward a (climate) meta-governance encounters another primordial issue: the emerging global energy (in)security that is both due to ‘classical’ (due to peak oil and increased demand) and ‘non classical’ factors, such as restrictions imposed on carbon-based energy due to environmental efforts, especially CC, which creates an ‘artificial’ rarity.

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