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  • Cited by 130
  • Edited by Ottmar Edenhofer, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, Ramón Pichs-Madruga, Centro de Investigaciones de la Economía Mundial (CIEM), Youba Sokona, The Sahara and Sahel Observatory, Kristin Seyboth, Technical Support Unit of Working Group III of the Intergovernmental Panels on Climate Change, Susanne Kadner, Technical Support Unit of Working Group III of the Intergovernmental Panels on Climate Change, Timm Zwickel, Technical Support Unit of Working Group III of the Intergovernmental Panels on Climate Change, Patrick Eickemeier, Technical Support Unit of Working Group III of the Intergovernmental Panels on Climate Change, Gerrit Hansen, Technical Support Unit of Working Group III of the Intergovernmental Panels on Climate Change, Steffen Schlömer, Technical Support Unit of Working Group III of the Intergovernmental Panels on Climate Change, Christoph von Stechow, Technical Support Unit of Working Group III of the Intergovernmental Panels on Climate Change, Patrick Matschoss, Technical Support Unit of Working Group III of the Intergovernmental Panels on Climate Change

Book description

This Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Special Report (IPCC-SRREN) assesses the potential role of renewable energy in the mitigation of climate change. It covers the six most important renewable energy sources – bioenergy, solar, geothermal, hydropower, ocean and wind energy – as well as their integration into present and future energy systems. It considers the environmental and social consequences associated with the deployment of these technologies and presents strategies to overcome technical as well as non-technical obstacles to their application and diffusion. SRREN brings a broad spectrum of technology-specific experts together with scientists studying energy systems as a whole. Prepared following strict IPCC procedures, it presents an impartial assessment of the current state of knowledge: it is policy relevant but not policy prescriptive. SRREN is an invaluable assessment of the potential role of renewable energy for the mitigation of climate change for policymakers, the private sector and academic researchers.

Reviews

‘The IPCC has provided us with a well-researched, carefully-presented assessment of the costs, risks and opportunities of renewable energy sources. It provides a systematic analysis and scientific assessment of the current knowledge about one of the most promising options to cut emissions of greenhouse gases and to mitigate climate change.'

Lord Nicholas Stern - IG Patel Professor of Economics and Government, London School of Economics and Political Science

‘The mitigation of climate change is one of the major challenges of the 21st century. The transition of our global energy system to one that supports a high share of renewable energy could be an integral part of humankind's answer to this challenge. This report provides important groundwork for such a transition.'

Hartmut Graßl - Former Director of the World Climate Research Programme, Max Planck Institute for Meteorology

‘This report is a comprehensive and authoritative contribution to the debate about whether renewable energy can solve the climate problem in an economically attractive fashion. It's a blueprint for further development of the renewables sector and sets out clearly its role in climate change mitigation.'

Geoffrey Heal - Columbia Business School, Columbia University

‘Renewable energy resources and the technologies to expand their use provide the key energy source to address multiple challenges of national and global sustainability for all. This report is invaluable for the 21st Century.'

Thomas B. Johansson - Lund University, Sweden

‘Renewable energy can drive global sustainable development. This Special Report comes at the right time and offers insights and guidance to strongly facilitate the change of our industrial metabolism.'

Klaus Töpfer - Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies, Potsdam

‘There may be a number of ways to achieve a low-carbon economy, but no pathway has been as thoroughly and comprehensively explored as the range of possible contributions of renewable energy sources towards achieving that goal contained in this IPCC Special Report.'

John P. Weyant - Stanford University

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