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Global EnergyIssues, Potentials, and Policy Implications$
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Paul Ekins, Mike Bradshaw, and Jim Watson

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780198719526

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198719526.001.0001

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Policies and conclusions

Policies and conclusions

(p.538) 26 Policies and conclusions
Global Energy

Paul Ekins

Oxford University Press

There are a number of global imperatives which policymakers and their citizens need to address if they want their societies to have, or gain, secure access to modern energy services. These imperatives include a functional relationship between energy markets and their regulation, widening energy access, and reducing global greenhouse gas emissions and other impacts of energy systems on ecosystems. This final chapter summarizes the major issues that have been raised by earlier chapters in the book in relation to how energy systems might develop through to 2050 and beyond. The chapter concludes that there are no easy resolutions to these issues, but some outcomes, involving improvements in technological performance, reductions in cost, increases in investment, growth in awareness of climate change, and understanding of the public policy complexities of how to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, will be very much better than others for human health, welfare, and development.

Keywords:   global energy, energy system, decarbonization, energy security, energy access, energy costs, energy investments, energy policy, 2050

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