Commissioned by the governments of Brazil and China, this report identifies a scientific consensus framework for directing global energy development. It lays out the science, technology and policy roadmap for developing energy resources to drive economic growth in both industrialized and developing countries while also securing climate protection and global development goals. The report was produced by a study panel of 15 world-renowned energy experts, co-chaired by Nobel Laureate Steven Chu, Director of the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab in the United States, and José...
Commissioned by the governments of Brazil and China, this report identifies a scientific consensus framework for directing global energy development. It lays out the science, technology and policy roadmap for developing energy resources to drive economic growth in both industrialized and developing countries while also securing climate protection and global development goals. The report was produced by a study panel of 15 world-renowned energy experts, co-chaired by Nobel Laureate Steven Chu, Director of the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab in the United States, and José Goldemberg, former Secretary of State for the Environment for the State of São Paulo, Brazil.
Lighting the way establishes the best practices for a global transition to a clean, affordable and sustainable energy supply in both developing and developed countries. The report addresses incentives that can accelerate the development of innovative solutions, provides recommendations for financial investments in research and development and explores other transition pathways that can transform the landscape of energy supply and demand around the globe.
In addressing mitigation of the environmental impacts of energy generation and use, Lighting the way informs global action on climate change, such as implementation of the Kyoto Protocol, agenda setting for the Asia-Pacific Partnership on Clean Development and Climate, and ongoing multinational talks on future global action to reduce greenhouse emissions.
Lighting the way also confronts the unequal access to energy experienced by the one-third of the world’s population without access to basic energy services, and makes recommendations for addressing this disparity as well as for promoting national and global energy security.
The Study Panel is grateful to the participants in the seven consultative workshops held during the course of this project. These workshop participants provided valuable insights that enabled the identification of the major strategic challenges and opportunities, which effectively helped the Study Panel in guiding its deliberations and in drafting this report.
The workshop participants include:
Durban Workshop. Robert Baeta, Douglas Banks, Abdelfattah Barhdadi, Osman Benchikh, MosadElmissiry, Joseph Essandoh-Yeddu, Moses Haimbodi, Manfred Hellberg, I.P. Jain, Dirk Knoesen, Isaias C. Macedo, Cédric Philibert, Youba Sokona,Samir Succar, Annick Suzor-Weiner, and Brian Williams;Beijing Workshop. Paul Alivisatos, Bojie Fu, E. Michael Campbell, Chongyu Sun, Charles Christopher, Dadi Zhou, Fuqiang Yang, Hao Wen, Hin Mu, Hu Min, Kazunari Domen, Kebin He,Luguang Yan, Shuanshi Fan, Jack Siegel, Peng Chen, Qingshan Zhu, Xiu Yang, Xudong Yang, Wei Qin, Wenzhi Zhao, Yi Jiang, Yu Joe Huang, Zheng Li, Zhenyu Liu, and Zhihong Xu;
The Study Panel is also grateful to the Brazilian Academy of Sciences, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the French Academy of Sciences, the Indian National Science Academy, and the Science Council of Japan for their contributions in hosting the regional IAC energy workshops.
The Study Panel appreciates the contribution of authors who prepared background papers that, together with the consultative workshops, provided the essential building blocks for the report. Those involved were John Ahearne, Robert U. Ayres, Isaias de Carvalho Macedo, Vibha Dhawan, J. B. Greenblatt, Jiang Yi, Liu Zhen Yu, Amory B. Lovins, Cedric Philibert, K. Ramanathan, Jack Siegel, Xu Zhihong, Qingshan Zhu, and Roberto Zilles.
The Study Panel is most grateful for the extraordinary contributions of Jos van Renswoude, Study Director, for organizing the entire study panel process, and along with Dilip Ahuja, Consultant, and Marika Tatsutani, Writer/Editor, for the successful completion of the report writing process.
The InterAcademy Council (IAC) Secretariat and the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) in Amsterdam, where IAC is headquartered, provided guidance and support for this study. In this regard, special mention is made of the assistance provided by John P. Campbell, IAC Executive Director; Albert W. Koers, IAC General Counsel; Stéphanie Jacometti, Communications Coordinator; and Margreet Haverkamp, Shu-Hui Tan, Floor van den Born, Ruud de Jong, and Henrietta Beers of the IAC Secretariat. Ellen Bouma, Publication Designer, and Sheldon I. Lippman, Editorial Consultant, prepared the final manuscript for publication.
The Study Panel gratefully acknowledges the leadership exhibited by the Government of China, the Government of Brazil, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the Energy Foundation, the German Research Foundation (DFG), and the United Nations Foundation, which provided the financial support for the conduct of the study and the printing and distribution of this report.
Last but by no means least, the Study Panel thanks the InterAcademy Council Board and especially Bruce Alberts and Lu Yongxiang, IAC Co-Chairs, for providing the opportunity to undertake this important study.