Climate Change and Global Energy Security: Technology and Policy Options

Posted: 9 Feb 2012

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Marilyn A. Brown

Georgia Institute of Technology

Benjamin K. Sovacool

Science Policy Research Unit; Department of Business Technology & Development

Date Written: October 1, 2011


Tackling climate change and improving energy security are two of the twenty-first century's greatest challenges. In this book, Marilyn Brown and Benjamin Sovacool offer detailed assessments of the most advanced commercially available technologies for strengthening global energy security, mitigating the effects of climate change, and enhancing resilience through adaptation and geo-engineering. They also evaluate the barriers to the deployment of these technologies and critically review public policy options crucial to their adoption.

Arguing that society has all the technologies necessary for the task, Brown and Sovacool discuss an array of options available today, including high-efficiency transportation, renewable energy, carbon sequestration, and demand-side management. They offer eight case studies from around the world that document successful approaches to reducing emissions of greenhouse gases and improving energy security. These include the Danish approach to energy policy and wind power, Brazil's ethanol program, China's improved cookstove program; and the U.S. Toxics Release Inventory. Brown and Sovacool argue that meeting the twin challenges of climate change and energy security will allow us to provide energy, maintain economic growth, and preserve the natural environment - without forcing tradeoffs among them.

Keywords: climate change, energy security, energy technology, ethanol, cookstove, wind power, greenhouse gas, emissions

JEL Classification: L70, L71, L72, L79, L97, N50, N55, N56, Q20, Q40

Suggested Citation

Brown, Marilyn A. and Sovacool, Benjamin K., Climate Change and Global Energy Security: Technology and Policy Options (October 1, 2011). The MIT Press, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN:

Marilyn A. Brown (Contact Author)

Georgia Institute of Technology ( email )

Atlanta, GA 30332
United States

Benjamin K. Sovacool

Science Policy Research Unit ( email )

Falmer, Brighton BN1 9SL
United Kingdom


Department of Business Technology & Development ( email )

Nordre Ringgade 1
Aarhus C, DK-8000


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