Adaptive Mitigation in the Electric Power Sector
42 Pages Posted: 30 Jan 2012
Date Written: January, 29 2012
The electric power sector and other sectors that are the primary producers of greenhouse gases are in a unique position with respect to climate change. Over the next several decades, these sectors are likely to face increasing pressure to adopt mitigation measures that reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. In this process of transformation, an opportunity exists to adopt technologies and practices that not only further climate change mitigation but also climate change adaptation.
This article explains the disjuncture between mitigation and adaptation policy and the need for greater integration and analyzes the possibilities for synergies between mitigation and adaptation in the electric power sector. The analysis shows that several mitigation options, particularly energy efficiency and some renewable energy technologies, have a wide variety of adaptation benefits. The article then concludes with policy recommendations to promote adaptive mitigation.
Keywords: adaptation, mitigation, electricity sector, renewable energy, energy efficiency
JEL Classification: K32, K23
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