Low Carbon Development: Key Issues is the first comprehensive textbook to address the interface between international development and climate change in a carbon constrained world. It discusses the key conceptual, empirical and policy-related issues of low carbon development and takes an international and interdisciplinary approach to the subject by drawing on insights from across the natural sciences and social sciences whilst embedding the discussion in a global context.

The first part explores the concept of low carbon development and explains the need for low carbon development in a carbon constrained world. The book then discusses the key issues of socio-economic, political and technological nature for low carbon development, exploring topics such as the political economy, social justice, financing and carbon markets, and technologies and innovation for low carbon development. This is followed by key issues for low carbon development in policy and practice, which is presented based on cross-cutting issues such as low carbon energy, forestry, agriculture and transportation. Afterwards, practical case studies are discussed from low carbon development in low income countries in Africa, middle income countries in Asia and Latin America and high income countries in Europe and North America.

Written by an international team of leading academics and practitioners in the field of low carbon development, this book is essential reading for students, academics, professionals and policy-makers interested in the fields of low carbon development, climate change mitigation, climate policy, climate change and development, global environmental change, and environment and development.

part 1|22 pages


chapter 1|20 pages

Low carbon development

Origins, concepts and key issues

part 2|30 pages

The politics of low carbon development

part 3|25 pages

The social dimensions of low carbon development

part 4|28 pages

The economics of low carbon development

chapter 6|13 pages

Climate change economics

Financing low carbon development

chapter 7|13 pages

The future of carbon markets

Carbon trading, the clean development mechanism and beyond

part 5|22 pages

Technology and innovation for low carbon development

part 6|84 pages

Key issues for low carbon development in policy and practice

chapter 10|12 pages

Revolutionizing the electricity sector

Renewable energy and low carbon grid infrastructure

chapter 11|13 pages

Forestry and low carbon development

part 7|108 pages

Key issues for low carbon development in low, middle and high income countries: Case studies

chapter 17|16 pages

Low carbon development in Tanzania

Lessons from its solar home system market

chapter 18|14 pages

Ride the wind 1

Wind energy in China 2

chapter 20|13 pages

From outsider to world leader

Bioethanol in Brazil

chapter |1 pages

Final thoughts