The Association of Energy Engineers  (AEE)

Carbon Reduction: Policies, Strategies and Technologies


In this time of increasingly pressing concern about global climate change and its potentially irreversible and detrimental impacts on the world's population, it is considered urgent to find effective means for significantly reducing local, regional, national and international greenhouse gas emissions in homes, businesses, industries and communities around the planet. This book, first of all, describes in clear, concise and understandable terms the nature and scope of the climate change problem. The authors then combine their considerable expertise to offer specific guidelines for defining and applying the most effective carbon reduction policies, strategies and technologies. Finally, they propose a well-defined blue-print or road map for an action plan for use by practicing engineers, scientists, technicians, managers, and decision-makers, which can be implemented to help control and abate the alarming increases in carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas

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1 – The Importance of Reducing Carbon Emissions
Increased Use of Carbon-Based Fuels • Carbon Emissions • The Costs of Reducing U.S. Carbon Emissions • Potential for Reducing Carbon Emissions • Transportation Systems

2 – The Problem of Climate Change
Basics of Climate Change • Conceptual Framework • The Problem of Carbon Dioxide • Links Between Fossil Fuels & Carbon Emissions • Costs of Adjustment Strategies

3 – The Environmental Impacts of Carbon Emissions
Sources of Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide • Carbon-Induced Environmental Concerns • Deforestation • The Kyoto Protocol • U.S. Initiatives & Reactions to the Kyoto Protocol • The Montreal Protocol • Diseases

4 – Governmental Carbon Reduction Programs
Initiatives by Federal Governments • International Public-Private Partnerships • Regional Initiatives in the U.S. • State Programs in the U.S.

5 – Local Carbon Reduction Policies
Local Impact of Carbon Emissions • Local Governmental Policies • Cities Going Green • Austin City Limits on Carbon • Cambridge Community Carbon Reduction Project • Ranking Cities Based on Their Carbon Emissions • Public & Private Sector Partnerships • International Local Governmental Initiatives

6 – Carbon Strategies for Buildings
Concept of Green Buildings • Green Building Construction Practices • Green Construction Methodologies • Building Preservation • Green Building Rating Systems • Energy Star Buildings • Zero Energy Buildings • Net Positive Energy Buildings • Carbon Neutral Construction

7 – Technologies that Reduce CO2 Impact
Potential Impact of Alternative Energy • Energy Systems & Their Importance in Reducing Atmospheric Carbon • Alternative Energy as A Carbon Reduction Solution • Technologies for Water Conservation • Landfill Gas Extraction • Electrical Energy Storage • Distributed Generation • Nuclear Energy • Questionable Technologies

8 – Carbon Sequestration Technologies
Enhancement of Natural Process & Geoengineering • Carbon Sequestration Technologies & Procedures • Enhanced Oil Recovery • Zero Emission Coal Technologies • Carbon Sequestration in Oceans • Processing CO2 Using Algae • Agricultural Methane Capture • Alternatives to Sequestration

9 – Corporate Carbon Reduction Programs
The Automobile Industry • Utility Companies • Service Industries • Green Banking & Financial Service • Supply Chain Assessments • The Dark Side of Carbon Credits

10 – Industrial & Manufacturing Carbon Reduction Technologies
Impact of Industrial Carbon Emissions • The Metrics of Carbon Reduction • Modeling Systems • Special Application for the Industrial Sector • Industrial Carbon Reduction Technologies • Utility case Studies • Manufacturing Going Green

11 – Organizational Structures & Resources
Organizational Structures • Internal & External Resources • Leadership & Decision-Making Processes • Developing Interdisciplinary Teams

12 – Action Plan for Implementing Carbon Reduction
Developing a Carbon Reduction Management Plan • Real World Results of Carbon Reduction Programs • Replicable Models • What to Do When Strategies Fail

13 – Creative Financial Approaches to Carbon Reduction
Carbon Offsets as a Financial Incentive • Costs of Carbon Capture Systems • Financial Solutions to Carbon Reduction • Energy Savings Performance Contracts • Creating a "Win- Win" Energy Efficiency Savings Plan

14 – Implementing Successful Carbon Reduction Programs
Strategic Planning • Cap & Trade Programs • Carbon Emissions Trading Mechanisms vs. Emissions Taxes • Transportation Systems & Alternatives

15 – The Future of Carbon Reduction Programs
Reducing Carbon Emissions • Information Tools for Sustainable Solutions • Reducing Carbon Emissions: Future Strategies • Merging Local, State & Federal Government Policies • Carbon Markets • The Future of Energy Substitutes • Redesigning Buildings with Carbon Reduction Practices • Advances in Electric Utility Systems

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