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Conclusion: towards a renewable energy transition in the Middle East and North Africa?

Mason, Michael (2009) Conclusion: towards a renewable energy transition in the Middle East and North Africa? In: Mason, Michael and Mor, Amit, (eds.) Renewable Energy in the Middle East. NATO Science for peace and security series C: Environmental security. Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht, Netherlands, pp. 219-235. ISBN 9781402098901

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Identification Number: 10.1007/978-1-4020-9892-5


For the Middle East and North Africa the notion of a renewable energy transition is no longer beyond the limits of technical possibility. This conclusion examines one proposed sustainability transition – the DESERTEC energy community – that has received high-level political support in Europe and also has influential champions in the Middle East. The DESERTEC vision anticipates an unprecedented level of regional cooperation and regional investment in renewable energy. There are significant but not insuperable obstacles to such an energy transition in the Middle East and North Africa: a necessary condition for overcoming them is the ‘descuritisation’ of energy governance, such that energy sustainability, climate change governance and human security are recognised as mutually reinforcing development paths.

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Additional Information: © 2009 Springer
Divisions: Grantham Research Institute
Middle East Centre
Subjects: T Technology > TJ Mechanical engineering and machinery
Sets: Research centres and groups > Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment
Research centres and groups > Middle East Centre
Date Deposited: 02 Feb 2010 13:48
Last Modified: 09 Jan 2020 00:48

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