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A member of various European and German councils and federationsrepresenting the commercial renewable energy industry, Hinrichs-Rahlwes describes the development of Europe's climate andenergy policies from the early days until the middle of 2013, when the manuscript was finalized. He also analyzes scenarios up to 2050and recent policy discussions about the future of Europe's energy supply as background for the ongoing policy debate and upcomingcontroversies. In conclusion, he argues for a fully sustainable energy system, and for facilitating a smooth transition towards 100% renewable energy.Annotation ©2014 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
The discussion about energy perspectives beyond 2020, up to 2030 and eventually 2050 has started. There seems to be a verbal consensus on the necessity of ambitious climate change mitigation policies, without a convincing perspective of the necessary policy decisions to be reached in due time. Methods to achieve greenhouse gas reduction as well as energy security vary from aiming for 100% renewable energies and setting up appropriate policy frameworks to implementing a mix of renewables comprising so-called clean fossil and nuclear energy. This book provides an analysis of the different approaches and the reasons why there is no sustainable alternative to aiming for 100% renewables and how this vision could come true. The book provides an overview and in-depth analysis of a vital debate. It describes how the present policy framework with 2020-targets for the share of renewables, for increase of energy efficiency and for greenhouse gas emissions reduction was developed and how it has been implemented so far. Furthermore, it describes and analyses the emerging debate about the future of our energy system and the necessary next steps and targets leading up to 2030.