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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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Energy production and ecosystem services

Energy production and ecosystem services

Chapter:
(p.112) 6 Energy production and ecosystem services
Source:
Global Energy
Author(s):

Robert Holland

Kate Scott

Tina Wegg

Nicola Beaumont

Eleni Papathanasopoulou

Pete Smith

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198719526.003.0007

Ecosystems provide a range of goods and services that contribute toward human well-being. It is increasingly recognized that factors such as a growing and increasingly affluent world population, coupled with increased globalization of trade, are significantly influencing the delivery of ecosystem goods and services. This chapter argues that future energy policy must be designed based on a broad set of environmental and social considerations that examine the national and international implications of each energy technology. This approach ensures a more holistic overview of the costs and benefits associated with energy production, allowing society to make more informed choices about their futures, including how their energy is sourced, generated, and delivered.

Keywords:   ecosystem services, natural capital, human well-being, lifecycle assessment, consumption-based accounting, equity, sustainability, valuation, footprinting, social

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