Renewable Energy in East Asia: Towards a New Developmentalism

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Energy is crucial to the functioning of any human society and central to
understanding East Asia’s ‘economic miracle’. The region’s rapid
development over the last few decades has been inherently energy-
intensive and the impact on global energy security, climate change and
the twenty-first-century global system generally is now very significant
and will become more so over foreseeable years and decades to come.
The region is already the world’s largest energy consumer and
greenhouse gas emitter, so establishing cleaner energy systems in East Asia is both a regional and global challenge, and renewable energy has a critically important part to play in meeting it.
This book presents a comprehensive study of renewable energy development in East Asia. It begins by examining renewable energy development in global and historic contexts, and situates East Asia’s position in the recent worldwide expansion of renewables. This same approach is applied on sector-specific chapter studies on wind, solar, hydropower, geothermal, ocean (wave and tidal) and bioenergy, and to general trends in renewable energy policy. Governments play a critical role in promoting renewables and their contribution to tackling climate change and other environmental challenges. Christopher M. Dent argues this is particularly relevant to East Asia, where state capacity practice has been increasingly allied to ecological modernisation thinking to form what he calls ‘new developmentalism’, the principal foundation on which renewables have developed in the region as well as how East Asia’s low carbon development is being generally promoted.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon
Number of pages354
ISBN (Print)9781138807198
Publication statusPublished - 25 Nov 2014


  • Renewable energy, state capacity, climate change, industrial policy, energy security, low carbon development


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