Sustainable development and the energy industries

Type: International
Authors: Nicola Steen
Publisher: Royal Institute of International Affairs
Date: 1994


Energy has been at the heart of industrial development and lies at the heart of concerns about the sustainability of that development. Energy is also a primary focus of environmental policy. But it is often argued that much past legislation has proved to be badly planned, costly, and difficult and inefficient to implement. The Energy and Environmental Programme at the Royal Institute of International Affairs held a workshop in November 1993, to examine the interaction between environmental legislation and the energy industries. It looked at past experience: the nature of the challenges to the industries; actual and potential industrial responses; and what this might imply for framing legislation. Senior participants from industry, government and various non-governmental groups discussed views and experience from a range of different perspectives and countries. This book contains the edited papers of the workshop and an overview of the discussions. Sir Crispin Tickell's presentation of the challenges and opportunities is followed by a complementary view from one of Europe's leading industrialists. These are succeeded by three detailed reviews: the current situation compared with the environmental goals suggested by natural scientists; the development of US environmental law and compliance costs; and the fundamental issues in the debate on trade 'versus' the environment. Subsequent wide-ranging contributions consider environmental legislation to date, and debate how policy relating to different aspects of the energy industries could, and should, develop.  

Contributors: A. Baker, V. Cable, M. Colitti, V. Fogleman, F. Garcia, M. Grubb, T. Johansson, C. Malin, J. Mitchell, L. Nilsson, K. Seiki, F. Sioshansi, N. Steen, C. Tickell, Y. Tsuchida, E. von Weizsäcker, C. Weinberg, J. Whitehead

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