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Transitioning to a Prosperous, Resilient and Carbon-Free Economy
A Guide for Decision-Makers

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Lynette Molyneaux, Keith Sue, Nathan Steggel, David Osmond, Andrew Blakers ,John Pye, Keith Lovegrove, Paul Gauché, Mark Mehos, Andrew Stuchbery, Tony Irwin, Kenneth G. H. Baldwin, Jamie Pittock, Lachlan Blackhall, Evan Franklin, Bjorn Sturmberg, Alexey M. Glushenkov, Hedda Ransan-Cooper, Fiona J. Beck, David Gourlay, Michelle Lyons, Mahesh B. Venkataraman, Amandine Denis-Ryan, Frank Jotzo, Paul Graham, Steve Hatfield-Dodds, Philip Adams, Rob Kelly, Scott Ferraro, Andy Jones, Anna Skarbek, John Thwaites, Sarah Levy, Niina Kauto, Utjok W. R. Siagian, Retno Gumilang Dewi, Xuemei Bai, Timothy M. Baynes, Robert Webb, Chris Ryan, Michael Smith, Peter Newton, Alan Pears, Amandine Denis-Ryan, Eshan Ahuja, Andrea Turner, Stuart White, Tim Capon, Mark Stafford Smith, Russell Wise, Peter Stasinopoulos, Alan Pears, Eshan Ahuja, Peter Stasinopoulos, Ali Hasanbeigi, Heather Keith, Andrew Macintosh, Brendan Mackey, Mark Howden, Jane Hodgkinson, Peter Stasinopoulos, Karen Hussey Thomas Faunce, Ken Coghill, Barbara Norman, Thomas Smith, Cristina Neesham, Abel Kinyondo, Pablo Berrutti, Nathan Fabian, Nicolette Boele
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  • Date Published: October 2021
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107118348

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  • This book is a comprehensive manual for decision-makers and policy leaders addressing the issues around human caused climate change, which threatens communities with increasing extreme weather events, sea level rise, and declining habitability of some regions due to desertification or inundation. The book looks at both mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions and global warming and adaption to changing conditions as the climate changes. It encourages the early adoption of climate change measures, showing that rapid decarbonisation and improved resilience can be achieved while maintaining prosperity. The book takes a sector-by-sector approach, starting with energy and includes cities, industry, natural resources, and agriculture, enabling practitioners to focus on actions relevant to their field. It uses case studies across a range of countries, and various industries, to illustrate the opportunities available. Blending technological insights with economics and policy, the book presents the tools decision-makers need to achieve rapid decarbonisation, whilst unlocking and maintaining productivity, profit, and growth.

    • Debunks the myth that climate action must come at the expense of the economy; to the contrary it ushers in greater prosperity
    • Shows how the various low-emission technologies work and how they can replace fossil fuels cost-effectively
    • Clarifies complex issues around GHG emissions related to land use change, agriculture and forestry
    • Discusses the political economy of climate change and the need to adapt legal and other structures to facilitate transitioning to a low emission economy
    • Shows how failure to address climate change can result in stranded assets and the finance sector's increasing consideration of climate risk in its investment decisions
    • Includes numerous options for mitigating climate change throughout all sectors of the economy, while – importantly - maintaining economic prosperity
    • Describes opportunities for wealth creation and employment through a transition to a low carbon economy
    • Provides a sectoral approach to address climate change, allowing practitioner
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    • Date Published: October 2021
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107118348
    • length: 520 pages
    • dimensions: 251 x 175 x 38 mm
    • weight: 1.56kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction
    1. Policy frameworks and institutions for decarbonisation: the energy sector as 'litmus test' Lynette Molyneaux and Keith Sue
    Technologies for decarbonising the electricity sector
    2. Wind energy Nathan Steggel and David Osmond
    3. Solar photovoltaics Andrew Blakers
    4. Solar thermal energy John Pye, Keith Lovegrove, Paul Gauché and Mark Mehos
    5. Nuclear energy Andrew Stuchbery and Tony Irwin
    Box 5.1 Fusion energy Kenneth G. H. Baldwin
    6. Hydropower Jamie Pittock
    7. Energy storage Lachlan Blackhall, Evan Franklin, Bjorn Sturmberg, Alexey M. Glushenkov and Hedda Ransan-Cooper
    8. The hydrogen economy Fiona J. Beck, David Gourlay, Michelle Lyons and Mahesh B. Venkataraman
    Example economies:
    9. Decarbonisation strategies and economic opportunities in Australia Amandine Denis-Ryan, Frank Jotzo, Paul Graham, Steve Hatfield-Dodds, Philip Adams, Rob Kelly, Scott Ferraro, Andy Jones, Anna Skarbek, John Thwaites, Sarah Levy and Niina Kauto
    10. Decarbonisation strategies and economic opportunities in Indonesia Utjok W. R. Siagian and Retno Gumilang Dewi
    Box 10.1 India: enhancing renewables through policy innovation Kenneth G. H. Baldwin
    Cities and industry:
    11. Cities Xuemei Bai, Timothy M. Baynes, Robert Webb, Chris Ryan and Michael Smith
    12. Buildings and precincts Michael Smith, Peter Newton, Alan Pears, Amandine Denis-Ryan and Eshan Ahuja
    13. Urban water Michael Smith, Andrea Turner and Stuart White
    14. National climate change adaptation case study: early adaptation to climate change through climate-compatible development and adaptation pathways Tim Capon, Mark Stafford Smith and Russell Wise
    15. Transport Michael Smith, Peter Stasinopoulos, Alan Pears and Eshan Ahuja
    16. Industrial and manufacturing Michael Smith, Alan Pears, Peter Stasinopoulos, Ali Hasanbeigi and Eshan Ahuja
    Land Use, Forests and Agriculture:
    17. Land use Heather Keith and Michael Smith
    18. Forests Heather Keith, Andrew Macintosh and Brendan Mackey
    19. Agriculture Mark Howden
    Mining, metals, oil and gas:
    20. Mining, metals, oil and gas Michael Smith, Jane Hodgkinson, Alan Pears and Peter Stasinopoulos
    Addressing barriers to change
    21. Trade and climate change Karen Hussey and Thomas Faunce
    22. Improving the governance of governments Ken Coghill, Barbara Norman, Thomas Smith, Cristina Neesham and Abel Kinyondo
    23. Financing the transition Michael Smith, Pablo Berrutti, Nathan Fabian and Nicolette Boele
    24. Social movements for change Michael Smith.

  • Editors

    Kenneth G. H. Baldwin, Australian National University, Canberra
    Ken Baldwin is Director of the Australian National University (ANU) Energy Change Institute and an ANU Public Policy Fellow. He is also Director of the ANU ECI Grand Challenge Zero-Carbon Energy for the Asia-Pacific. Professor Baldwin won the 2004 Australian Government Eureka Prize for Promoting Understanding of Science for initiating and championing “Science meets Parliament”. He received the Australian Optical Society medal and the Barry Inglis Medal of the National Measurement Institute.

    Mark Howden, Australian National University, Canberra
    Stuart Mark Howden is Director of the Climate Change Institute at the Australian National University. He has researched climate impacts, adaptation, and emission-reduction for food security, energy, water resources and urban systems. He has partnered with many industry, community, and policy groups. A major contributor to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) since 1991, he is now a Vice-Chair of the IPCC. He shared the 2007 Nobel Prize with Al Gore and IPCC colleagues.

    Michael H. Smith, Australian National University, Canberra
    Michael Smith has been a Research Fellow or Adjunct Senior Lecturer at the Australian National University since 2006. He has co-authored or contributed to over 200 publications on climate change, including Climate, Energy and Water: Managing Trade-offs, Seizing Opportunities (Cambridge University Press, 2015), Factor Five (Routledge, 2010), Cents and Sustainability (Routledge, 2010), Whole System Design (Routledge, 2009), and Natural Advantage of Nations (Routledge, 2005).

    Karen Hussey, University of Queensland
    Karen Hussey is an Honorary Professor with the Centre for Policy Futures at the University of Queensland. As an academic, Karen's research and teaching focused on the policy, institutional and governance arrangements needed to address issues including climate change, water resource management, waste management, biodiversity conservation, and the 'trade-environment' nexus. Karen currently works in the Queensland Government.

    Peter J. Dawson, P. J. Dawson & Associates
    Peter Dawson is a consultant and writer and former senior officer for the Australian Government. He has worked on international trade, industry development, technology transfer, and government procurement policy. He has consulted internationally on Small and Medium Enterprise development for the World Bank and other agencies, mainly in Indonesia.

    Contributors

    Lynette Molyneaux, Keith Sue, Nathan Steggel, David Osmond, Andrew Blakers ,John Pye, Keith Lovegrove, Paul Gauché, Mark Mehos, Andrew Stuchbery, Tony Irwin, Kenneth G. H. Baldwin, Jamie Pittock, Lachlan Blackhall, Evan Franklin, Bjorn Sturmberg, Alexey M. Glushenkov, Hedda Ransan-Cooper, Fiona J. Beck, David Gourlay, Michelle Lyons, Mahesh B. Venkataraman, Amandine Denis-Ryan, Frank Jotzo, Paul Graham, Steve Hatfield-Dodds, Philip Adams, Rob Kelly, Scott Ferraro, Andy Jones, Anna Skarbek, John Thwaites, Sarah Levy, Niina Kauto, Utjok W. R. Siagian, Retno Gumilang Dewi, Xuemei Bai, Timothy M. Baynes, Robert Webb, Chris Ryan, Michael Smith, Peter Newton, Alan Pears, Amandine Denis-Ryan, Eshan Ahuja, Andrea Turner, Stuart White, Tim Capon, Mark Stafford Smith, Russell Wise, Peter Stasinopoulos, Alan Pears, Eshan Ahuja, Peter Stasinopoulos, Ali Hasanbeigi, Heather Keith, Andrew Macintosh, Brendan Mackey, Mark Howden, Jane Hodgkinson, Peter Stasinopoulos, Karen Hussey Thomas Faunce, Ken Coghill, Barbara Norman, Thomas Smith, Cristina Neesham, Abel Kinyondo, Pablo Berrutti, Nathan Fabian, Nicolette Boele

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