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An Integrated Approach to Energy Sustainability



Sustainable Transportation Energy Pathways (STEPS)

Available online at doi:10.1038/nclimate1297

Suggested Citation:
McCollum, David L., Volker Krey, Keywan Riahi (2011) An Integrated Approach to Energy Sustainability. Nature Climate Change 1, 428 - 429

Policies to protect the global climate offer an effective entry point for achieving society’s multiple objectives for energy sustainability. Three of the key objectives driving energy-sustainability policy—security of supply, climate change mitigation and air-pollution reduction—are often regarded separately by policymakers. However, this practice ignores some important policy synergies, and often leads to short-sighted solutions with unnecessarily costly, long-term consequences. A more holistic policy approach, supported by a new generation of integrated decision-making tools, is now needed.