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Energy for a Shared Development Agenda: Global Scenarios and Governance Implications

This report combines a global assessment of energy scenarios up to 2050, case studies of energy access and low-carbon efforts around the world, and a review of the technological shifts, investments, policies and governance structures needed to bring energy to all.

Citation

Nilsson, M., C. Heaps, Å. Persson, M. Carson, S. Pachauri, M. Kok, M. Olsson, I. Rehman, R. Schaeffer, D. Wood, D. van Vuuren, K. Riahi, B. Americano and Y. Mulugetta (2012). Energy for a Shared Development Agenda: Global Scenarios and Governance Implications. SEI Research Report: Stockholm, Sweden.

How can the world meet energy needs for human and economic development in a way that is compatible with sustainable development? What is required is nothing less than a massive transformation of energy systems and rapid turnovers of infrastructure and technology, all of which must be achieved while staying within climate and resource constraints.

 

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Though the challenge is great, the energy and sustainability scenarios in this report show that it can be met. However, while these scenarios sketch out transformation pathways in broad strokes, the devil is in the detail. This study also explores how to successfully implement change, via case studies of energy transformation and reviews of policy mechanisms and governance frameworks.

Over the coming decade, policymakers around the world need to build a shared development agenda to address these challenges. It is hoped that this study will help to lay the foundations for such an effort.

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SEI authors

Måns Nilsson
Måns Nilsson

Executive Director

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Åsa Persson
Åsa Persson

Research Director and Deputy Director

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Charles Heaps

Energy Modeling Program Director

SEI US

Marcus Carson
Marcus Carson

Senior Research Fellow

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Marie Jürisoo
Marie Jürisoo

Deputy Director and Operations Director

Global Operations

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