Postdoc Laurence Delina Authors New Book on Sustainable Energy Transitions

AcceleratingSustainableEnergyTransitionsLaurence Delina, a post-doctoral associate at the Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future, recently authored his second book, titled Accelerating Sustainable Energy Transition(s) in Developing Countries: The challenges of climate change and sustainable development.

The book, published by Routledge Press, explores how transitions away from carbon-based fuel sources to renewables occur in fourteen developing countries. Delina focuses on the countries’ approaches to three key aspects of energy transitions: achieving universal energy access, harvesting energy efficiency, and deploying renewable energy. In the book, he considers the various policy, financing, and institutional fragmentation that leads to challenges in accelerating these transitions in these developing countries.

This book is a result of a workshop Delina convened last summer with an international group of scholars, practitioners, and government officials from 12 developing countries as part of a Pardee Center research program he leads called The Future of Energy Systems in Developing Countries. The two-day gathering which featured participants from Bhutan, Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Nepal, Thailand, the United Kingdom, Vietnam, South Africa, and Zambia.

Delina’s first book, titled Strategies for Rapid Climate Mitigation (Routledge 2016), explored whether the rapid mobilization among countries in preparation for World War II is an appropriate analogy for the scale and speed required for an effective response to the transnational threat of climate change in the 21st century.