Energy & Ethics Justice and the Global Energy Challenge

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  • Copyright: 2013-07-08
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
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Concepts from justice and ethics can significantly inform energy decision-makers. Benjamin K. Sovacool introduces readers to the injustices and insecurities inherent in the global energy system before presenting an energy justice conceptual framework consisting of availability, affordability, due process, good governance, prudence, intergenerational equity, intragenerational equity, and responsibility. He showcases the application of these principles to eight real-world case studies involving national energy planning in Denmark, the Warm Front program in the United Kingdom, the World Bank's Inspection Panel, the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative, São Tomé e Príncipe's Natural Resource Fund, solar energy in Bangladesh, climate change adaptation efforts in least developed countries, and the Yasuni-ITT Initiative in Ecuador.

Author Biography

Dr. Benjamin K. Sovacool is Visiting Associate Professor at Vermont Law School, USA, where he manages the Energy Security and Justice Program at their Institute for Energy the Environment. He works as a researcher and consultant on issues pertaining to renewable electricity generators and distributed generation, the politics of large-scale energy infrastructure, designing public policy to improve energy security and access to electricity, and building adaptive capacity to the consequences of climate change. He is the author, editor, co-author, or co-editor of 13 books on energy security and climate change issues in addition to hundreds of peer-reviewed academic studies.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction
2. Availability and Danish Energy Policy
3. Affordability and Fuel Poverty in England
4. Due Process and the World Bank's Inspection Panel
5. Information and the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative
6. Prudence and São Tomé e Príncipe's Oil Revenue Management Law
7. Intergenerational Equity and Solar Energy in Bangladesh
8. Intragenerational Equity and Climate Change Adaptation
9. Responsibility and Ecuador's Yasuní-ITT Initiative
10. Conclusion - Conceptualizing Energy Justice

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