Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/96759
Authors: 
Abolhosseini, Shahrouz
Heshmati, Almas
Altmann, Jörn
Year of Publication: 
2014
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Paper 8145
Abstract: 
Electricity consumption will comprise an increasing share of global energy demand during the next two decades. In recent years, the increasing prices of fossil fuels and concerns about the environmental consequences of greenhouse gas emissions have renewed the interest in the development of alternative energy resources. In particular, the Fukushima Daiichi accident was a turning point in the call for alternative energy sources. Renewable energy is now considered a more desirable source of fuel than nuclear power due to the absence of risk and disasters. Considering that the major component of greenhouse gases is carbon dioxide, there is a global concern about reducing carbon emissions. In this regard, different policies could be applied to reducing carbon emissions, such as enhancing renewable energy deployment and encouraging technological innovations. Two main solutions may be implemented to reduce CO2 emissions and overcome the problem of climate change: replacing fossil fuels with renewable energy sources as much as possible and enhancing energy efficiency. In this paper, we discuss alternative technologies for enhancing renewable energy deployment and energy use efficiency.
Subjects: 
energy resources
renewable energy
energy use efficiency
generation technology
carbon emission
green employment
JEL: 
D61
D62
H23
N50
O13
Q52
Q55
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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