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Seeing the light: adapting to climate change with decentralized renewable energy in developing countries

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H. Venema
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This book argues that well-designed decentralised renewable energy projects are both a mitigating and adaptive response to climate change. Decentralised renewable energy projects (DREs) address core sustainable development priorities and build adaptive capacity to climate change, without increasing greenhouse gas emissions.The first section explores linking mitigation and adaptation through energy access while the second section looks at the Clean Development Mechanism and decentralised renewable energy. Both sections include case studies of Argentina, Bangladesh, Brazil, Senegal and Zimbabwe.The book argues that building coherent climate policy around the DRE option is a win-win opportunity that overcomes the policy divide by addressing the South’s adaptation needs and the North’s mitigation priorities. In supporting strong DRE-based climate policy, the North can build the good faith necessary to meaningfully engage the South in a post-Kyoto phase of climate negotiations.