Renewable Energy

International Perspectives on Sustainability

  • Dmitry Kurochkin
  • Elena V. Shabliy
  • Ekundayo Shittu

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xl
  2. Renewable Energy in Europe

  3. Renewable Energy in North and South America

  4. Renewable Energy in the Middle East and Central Asia

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 157-157
    2. Vakur Sumer, Zhengizkhan Zhanaltay, Lidiya Parkhomchik
      Pages 211-229
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 231-257

About this book


This book bringing together leading researchers in the field of renewable energy to discuss sustainability on a broad scale and to examine the status quo of renewable energy industry development in a global context. The volume starts with the European Union, then reviews current trends in the United States as well as the Middle East, Central Asia, and Latin America. It moves on to analyze the German transition to one hundred percent renewable energy economy and energy systems (Energiewende) with a climate protection plan and sustainable economic development; and continues on to examine the determinants of the adoption of sustainable solutions in Finland and discuss the renewable energy agenda in the European Union with the 17 Sustainable Development Goals at its core. 

Climate change has become one of the main global drivers for policy and this book discusses both it’s over all global development as well as spotlighting localized progress across multiple continents. Over one hundred and fifty countries have developing sustainable energy policies, tax incentives, and laws. China remains the leader in renewable energy generation; and countries including the United States, the UK, India, Spain, and Turkey, compete in the Renewable Energy Sector to attract investments. In 2018, global investments in renewables exceeded $200 billion. The state of Bahia in Brazil has been experiencing a surge in wind energy production; and public policy has had a positive effect on that expansion. Kazakhstan is a country with great renewable energy prospects, particularly in wind, hydropower plants, and solar energy. This book is a comprehensive overview and invaluable reference for all those in the renewable energy sector.

Dmitry Kurochkin is a senior research analyst at Harvard University, USA.

Elena V. Shabliy is a visiting scholar at Columbia University, USA and a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University, USA.

Ekundayo Shittu is Assistant Professor of Engineering Management and Systems Engineering at George Washington University, and a Research Affiliate at George Washington University Solar Institute, USA.


renewable energy renewables energy transition solar energy wind energy sustainable energy bioenergy energy storage green energy energy security greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions Energiewende global warming

Editors and affiliations

  • Dmitry Kurochkin
    • 1
  • Elena V. Shabliy
    • 2
  • Ekundayo Shittu
    • 3
  1. 1.Harvard UniversityCambridgeUSA
  2. 2.Columbia UniversityNew YorkUSA
  3. 3.George Washington UniversityWashingtonUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-14206-3
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-14207-0
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