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100 Per Cent Renewable: Energy Autonomy in Action

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Edited By: Peter Droege

368 pages, figures, index


Hardback | Oct 2009 | #179661 | ISBN-13: 9781844077182
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The greatest challenge of our time is to build a world based on the sustainable use of renewable power. Our massive dependence on fossil fuels has upset the very climatic system that made human evolution possible. The global economy and its financial system are in jeopardy, running hot on overtly cheap yet increasingly costly and fast depleting oil. A 100 per cent renewable world is seen by many as an impossible dream in anything but the very long term. But not only does a growing number of initiatives and plans dare to make the change but many have already achieved it.

This rich collection presents a series of pioneering efforts and their champions, and the paths to their successes. Ranging from individuals to companies, communities and entire countries from around the world, it defeats tired economic and technical counterarguments, demonstrating how the schemes featured not only worked but did so economically and with available technology.

'This inspiring book has been long overdue. It tackles an essential question for human survival in the 21st century: will we be able to transform our lives, businesses, buildings, settlements and the transport networks connecting them from unsustainable, oil-based and greenhouse gas emitting into sustainable, fossil fuel-free, zero-carbon metabolisms? This important volume and its two dozen contributors show that this path is necessary, practical and affordable. Read this book: its exciting, fresh insights will show you how to move from promise to practice.' Marco Keiner, Director, Environment, Housing and Land Management Division United Nations Economic Commission for Europe 'As he has in the past, Peter Droege has produced an important and timely new book on how we shift away from our current energy path. The challenges are immense, but these scholarly essays provide a roadmap for delivering fundamental change in the way we bring new energy technologies to market. Perhaps most important, the book emphasizes the key role that renewables can play in our urban energy picture. As the home to most global energy use, cities are one of the toughest venues to deploy renewables in a cost effective manner. Droege and his fellow authors don't shy away from the challenge, however, proving to us that we can nibble away at this problem a bit at a time, ultimately delivering cities with vastly smaller carbon footprints.' Stephen Hammer, Director, Urban Energy Program, Columbia University Center for Energy, Marine Transportation and Public Policy '100% renewable was always more than a Moon Shot or a Manhattan Project as we just could not imagine how it could ever happen. Suddenly it's all come together as Peter Droege and his authors have shown. The first signs of the emerging political consensus are emerging behind this grand vision. It's now just a matter of time - critical time.' Peter Newman, Professor of Sustainability, Curtin University, and author of Resilient Cities 'By far the most visionary and practical guide for the global transition from fossil and nuclear power to the information-rich green economies of the Solar Age. Exciting examples of innovations in cities, towns, villages and rural communities from all over the world.' Hazel Henderson, Ethical Makerts 'The book provides many good ideas and useful information about what can be readily achieved'. R. J. Barthelmie, Choice. 'For environmental and sustainability staff in cities this book offers helpful advice on setting targets i? including pursuing becoming 100 percent renewable as a practical goal.' ICLEI


1. 100% Renewable Energy: The Target to Replace All Targets
2. Institutions for a 100% Renewable World
3. The Renewable Imperative: Providing Climate Protection and Energy Security
4. 100% is Possible Now
5. Nine 100% Renewable Champions - International Case Studies
6. How to Grow Food in the 100% Renewable City: Building Integrated Agriculture
7. 100% Renewable Transport
8. How to Achieve Renewable Energy Regions and Advance Sustainable Development - Intergrated Models and Processes in Germany
9. Feed-in Tariffs: The Policy Path to 100%
10. Renewable Regions: Life After Fossil Fuel in Spain
11. Closing the Planning Gap - Moving to Renewable Communities
12. Community Life at 100% and Beyond: How to Raise a Renewable Family without Even Trying
13. 100% Renewable Life: One Man's Stand Against a Fossil-Fuel World

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Peter Droege is an expert on urban design, development and the sustainability of cities. He is Chair of the World Renewable Energy Council for Asia/Pacific and holds professorial positions at the Hochschule Liechtenstein and the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Newcastle, Australia.

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