Handbook on the Geopolitics of the Energy Transition


Handbook on the Geopolitics of the Energy Transition

9781800370425 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Daniel Scholten, Strategic Advisor Energy and Sustainability, the Netherlands Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM), the Netherlands
Publication Date: 2023 ISBN: 978 1 80037 042 5 Extent: 576 pp
The energy transition is fundamentally transforming geopolitics, with renewable energy and other decarbonization options reshaping existing energy markets, trade flows, and energy security strategies. What new opportunities and challenges await us? Will it pacify global energy relations or bring a perilous transition?

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The energy transition is fundamentally transforming geopolitics, with renewable energy and other decarbonization options reshaping existing energy markets, trade flows, and energy security strategies. What new opportunities and challenges await us? Will it pacify global energy relations or bring a perilous transition?

This comprehensive Handbook discusses the geopolitical implications of the energy transition. The first part summarizes established insights and delivers suitable notions and analytical frameworks to investigate the phenomenon. Subsequent parts then provide a detailed and comparative overview of the geopolitics of the energy transition from different perspectives: expectations, technologies, and countries. Combined, the chapters provide a quintessential starting point for scholars and practitioners and prepare them for changes to come.

The Handbook on the Geopolitics of the Energy Transition is essential for students of politics, geography, environmental studies and international relations seeking to grasp the present circumstances of renewable energy geopolitics. It also benefits policy makers working in sectors such as energy and foreign policy.
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‘This volume helps readers understand the complex and deeply interconnected aspects of the myriad global energy transitions taking place. The impressive contributions help us better grapple with the geopolitical aspects of global energy systems that are rapidly changing. An indispensable volume.’
– Morgan Bazilian, Colorado School of Mines, US

‘Daniel Scholten’s impressive edited volume has brought together a distinguished group of authors to consider how net zero policies will reshape geopolitics. The authors offer us theoretical and empirical insights into how a geopolitical world dominated by fossil fuels will be altered by serious climate policies. This is an important book for anyone who wants to understand the potential political consequences of the energy transition.’
– Michael Pollitt, University of Cambridge, UK

‘This Handbook is an important and original contribution to the geopolitics of energy at a critical juncture in global history. An international collection of researchers examines the longer-term implications of the rise of renewable energy and decline of fossil fuels from a wide array of lenses, addressing crucial questions on the energy system and its supply chain, energy security and energy justice in key global regions. This Handbook is an indispensable guide to this complex and necessary transformation.’
– Roger Fouquet, National University of Singapore

‘The world faces a climate emergency, and we find ourselves thrown into an energy security and affordability crisis. This volume provides an indispensable guide to the geopolitical challenges associated with transforming the global energy system. It brings together an impressive team of researchers from multiple disciplines from across the globe.’
– Michael Bradshaw, University of Warwick, UK

‘This impressive volume is the ideal starting point for anyone interested in the geopolitics of the energy transition. It brings together most of the top experts on this topic and covers every part of the globe, all renewable energy sources and both opportunities and challenges related to the energy transition.’
– Indra Overland, Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI), Norway
Contributors: Stephen Agyare, Michaël Aklin, Aisha Al Sarihi,Edi Assoumou, Charlène Barnet, Patrick Bayer, Francisco Boshell, Elina Brutschin, Francielle Carvalho, Aad Correljé, David Criekemans, Christian Downie, Brian Efird, Gonzalo Escribano, Duncan Freeman, Dolf Gielen, Marco Giuli, Julian Grinschgl, Fernanda Guedes, Tulika Gupta, Emmanuel Hache, Nandini Harihar, Emre Hatipoglu, Per Högselius, Stella Huang, Julia Kusznir, Oluf Langhelle, Lara Lázaro, Rebecca Martin, Christine Milchram, Amy Myers Jaffe, Colin Nolden, Sebastian Oberthür, Eva Pardo, Jacopo Maria Pepe, Yaroslava Marusyk, Joana Portugal-Pereira, Filippos Proedrou, Kamila Pronińska, Shuva Raha, Régis Rathman, Noor Miza Razali, Cäcilia Riederer, Pedro Rochedo, Thomas Sattich, Roberto Schaeffer, Daniel Scholten, Muhamad Izham Abd Shukor, Morena Skalamera, Gondia Sokhna Seck, Karen Smith Stegen, Alexandre Szklo, Thijs Van de Graaf, Ad van Wijk, Victor R. Vasquez, Kirsten Westphal, Nurjuanis Zara Zainuddin

1 Introduction: the geopolitics of the energy transition 1
Daniel Scholten

2 Geopolitics, geoeconomics and energy security in an age of transition towards renewables 20
David Criekemans
3 Energy systems – making energy services available 44
Aad Correljé
4 The political history of fossil fuels: coal, oil, and natural gas in global perspective 67
Per Högselius
5 The facts and figures of the energy transition 84
Dolf Gielen and Francisco Boshell
6 US–China rivalry and its impact on the energy transformation: difficult cooperation fraught with dilemmas 107
Jacopo Maria Pepe, Julian Grinschgl, and Kirsten Westphal

7 Transition to renewable energy and the reshaping of consumer–producer power relations 125
Kamila Pronińska
8 The geopolitics of energy transportation and carriers: from fossil fuels to electricity and hydrogen 141
Karen Smith Stegen, Julia Kusznir, and Cäcilia Riederer
9 Industrial competition – who is winning the renewable energy race? 158
Thomas Sattich and Stella Huang
10 Barrels, booms, and busts: the future of petrostates in a decarbonizing world 183
Thijs Van de Graaf
11 Critical materials – new dependencies and resource curse? 197
Emmanuel Hache, Gondia Sokhna Seck, Fernanda Guedes, and Charlene Barnet
12 Changing energy systems and markets from the ground up – citizens, cooperatives and cities 217
Colin Nolden
13 Exploring the geopolitical impacts of energy justice: an interdisciplinary research agenda 232
Christine Milchram and Morena Skalamera
14 The politics of sustainability: energy efficiency, carbon pricing, and the circular economy 247
Michaël Aklin and Patrick Bayer

15 Solar powers – renewables and sustainable development around the world or geostrategic competition? 264
Thomas Sattich, Stephen Agyare, and Oluf Langhelle
16 Wind energy – experiences with onshore and offshore projects 282
Yaroslava Marusyk
17 A new life for old giants: hydropower and geothermal 300
Victor R. Vasquez
18 The potential of biomass 334
Joana Portugal-Pereira, Francielle Carvalho, Régis Rathmann, Alexandre Szklo, Pedro Rochedo, and Roberto Schaeffer
19 Hydrogen as carbon-free energy carrier and commodity 351
Ad van Wijk
20 A new hope for nuclear? 372
Elina Brutschin

21 US defense strategy: forging an industrial orientation towards energy security and foreign policy 388
Amy Myers Jaffe
22 The EU’s external energy governance in the age of the energy transition 404
Marco Giuli and Sebastian Oberthür
23 China and the geopolitics of the energy transition 420
Duncan Freeman
24 The India story: ensuring energy access, security, justice, and sustainability for a fifth of humanity 431
Shuva Raha, Nandini Harihar, and Tulika Gupta
25 Energy transition dynamics in Southeast Asia 449
Muhamad Izham Abd Shukor, Nurjuanis Zara Zainuddin, and Noor Miza Razali
26 A renewable power in waiting? Australia’s changing energy geopolitics 468
Christian Downie
27 The global energy transition and Russian structural power: scenarios and strategic options 483
Filippos Proedrou
28 Geopolitical challenges of renewable energy adoption in MENA 498
Emre Hatipoglu, Aisha Al-Sarihi, and Brian Efird
29 Energy transformation and energy challenges in sub-Saharan African countries: a new paradigm for the 21st century? 513
Gondia Sokhna Seck, Emmanuel Hache, Edi Assoumou, and Rebecca Martin
30 Renewable energies in Latin America: resources, public policies, and geopolitics 535
Gonzalo Escribano, Lara Lázaro, and Eva Pardo

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