Bridging the gap between energy and the environment

Robert A. Holland, Kate Scott, Emma D. Hinton, Melanie C. Austen, John Barrett, Nicola Beaumont, Tina Blaber-Wegg, Gareth Brown, Eleanor Carter-Silk, Pierre Cazenave, Felix Eigenbrod, Kevin Hiscock, Tara Hooper, Andrew Lovett, Eleni Papathanasopoulou, Pete Smith, Amy Thomas, Rob Tickner, Ricardo Torres, Gail Taylor*

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Abstract

Meeting the world's energy demand is a major challenge for society over the coming century. To identify the most sustainable energy pathways to meet this demand, analysis of energy systems on which policy is based must move beyond the current primary focus on carbon to include a broad range of ecosystem services on which human well-being depends. Incorporation of a broad set of ecosystem services into the design of energy policy will differentiates between energy technology options to identify policy options that reconcile national and international obligations to address climate change and the loss of biodiversity and ecosystem services. In this paper we consider our current understanding of the implications of energy systems for ecosystem services and identify key elements of an assessment. Analysis must consider the full life cycle of energy systems, the territorial and international footprint, use a consistent ecosystem service framework that incorporates the value of both market and non-market goods, and consider the spatial and temporal dynamics of both the energy and environmental system. While significant methodological challenges exist, the approach we detail can provide the holistic view of energy and ecosystem services interactions required to inform the future of global energy policy. (C) 2016 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Ltd.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)181-189
Number of pages9
JournalEnergy Policy
Volume92
Early online date23 Mar 2016
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 2016

Keywords

  • ecosystem services
  • energy
  • sustainability
  • life-cycle
  • MRIO

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Holland, R. A., Scott, K., Hinton, E. D., Austen, M. C., Barrett, J., Beaumont, N., ... Taylor, G. (2016). Bridging the gap between energy and the environment. Energy Policy, 92, 181-189. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.enpol.2016.01.037

Bridging the gap between energy and the environment. / Holland, Robert A.; Scott, Kate; Hinton, Emma D.; Austen, Melanie C.; Barrett, John; Beaumont, Nicola; Blaber-Wegg, Tina; Brown, Gareth; Carter-Silk, Eleanor; Cazenave, Pierre; Eigenbrod, Felix; Hiscock, Kevin; Hooper, Tara; Lovett, Andrew; Papathanasopoulou, Eleni; Smith, Pete; Thomas, Amy; Tickner, Rob; Torres, Ricardo; Taylor, Gail.

In: Energy Policy, Vol. 92, 05.2016, p. 181-189.

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Holland, RA, Scott, K, Hinton, ED, Austen, MC, Barrett, J, Beaumont, N, Blaber-Wegg, T, Brown, G, Carter-Silk, E, Cazenave, P, Eigenbrod, F, Hiscock, K, Hooper, T, Lovett, A, Papathanasopoulou, E, Smith, P, Thomas, A, Tickner, R, Torres, R & Taylor, G 2016, 'Bridging the gap between energy and the environment', Energy Policy, vol. 92, pp. 181-189. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.enpol.2016.01.037
Holland RA, Scott K, Hinton ED, Austen MC, Barrett J, Beaumont N et al. Bridging the gap between energy and the environment. Energy Policy. 2016 May;92:181-189. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.enpol.2016.01.037
Holland, Robert A. ; Scott, Kate ; Hinton, Emma D. ; Austen, Melanie C. ; Barrett, John ; Beaumont, Nicola ; Blaber-Wegg, Tina ; Brown, Gareth ; Carter-Silk, Eleanor ; Cazenave, Pierre ; Eigenbrod, Felix ; Hiscock, Kevin ; Hooper, Tara ; Lovett, Andrew ; Papathanasopoulou, Eleni ; Smith, Pete ; Thomas, Amy ; Tickner, Rob ; Torres, Ricardo ; Taylor, Gail. / Bridging the gap between energy and the environment. In: Energy Policy. 2016 ; Vol. 92. pp. 181-189.
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