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Bridging the gap between energy and the environment

Bridging the gap between energy and the environment
Bridging the gap between energy and the environment
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.
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181-189
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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 and Taylor, Gail (2016) Bridging the gap between energy and the environment. Energy Policy, 92, 181-189. (doi:10.1016/j.enpol.2016.01.037).

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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.

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Accepted/In Press date: 25 January 2016
e-pub ahead of print date: 23 March 2016
Published date: May 2016
Organisations: Environmental

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Local EPrints ID: 390680
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/390680
ISSN: 0301-4215
PURE UUID: 3acfcba7-a955-42a2-9b04-6a09605eae22
ORCID for Robert A. Holland: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-3038-9227
ORCID for Felix Eigenbrod: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0001-8982-824X
ORCID for Gail Taylor: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0001-8470-6390

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Last modified: 23 Jul 2022 02:04

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

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