Regenerative Cities

Regenerative cities means one thing: comprehensive political, financial and technological strategies for an environmentally enhancing, restorative relationship between cities and the ecosystems from which they draw resources for their sustenance. Introducing the concepts of 'Agropolis', 'Petropolis' and 'Ecopolis', this brochure, published in October 2010, explains how such a healthy relationship can be built. Click here to download the PDF document.


100 % Renewable Energy - and Beyond - for Cities

"100 % renewable" means zero fossil or nuclear fuel content in operational or embodied energy, in stationary use or in transport. "And beyond" means improvements in the efficiency of urban energy use. This brochure, released in March 2010, sketches out the options and the processes that have started to transform urban energy systems and that will power our cities in the very near future. Click here to download the PDF document.


FITness Testing: Exploring the myths and misconceptions about feed-in tariff policies

The booklet published in January 2010, reviews common criticisms of feed-in tariffs (FITs). Discussion about FITs and other policies to boost renewable energies has grown considerably in the USA - this brochure explains how FITs work and what they can contribute to improve energy security, create new jobs, and address the growing risks of climate change. Click here to download the brochure as PDF document.


Unleashing renewable energy power in developing countries - Proposal for a global Renewable Energy Policy Fund

This paper published in December 2009, shows how the introduction of a Renewable Energy Policy Fund financed by industrialised countries would provide an easy-to-use, flexible and self-sustainable support mechanism for renewable development in developing countries. Click here to download the brochure as PDF document.


World Future Council poster: Power to the People

With the right policies in place, people in Africa can profit from creating their own renewable energy and the continent can develop sustainably. This poster shows all the benefits. Download the poster as PDF document. Also available as printed version on request.



Powering the Green Economy. The Feed-In Tariff Handbook.

By Miguel Mendonça, David Jacobs and Benjamin Sovacool
ISBN: 9781844078585
Publisher: Earth Scan
Date: October 2009
Price: £24.95

Powering the Green Economy – The Feed-in Tariff Handbook, the latest climate and energy book from the World Future Council, has been published by Earthscan in October 2009. It is a collaborative effort, written by Miguel Mendonça, the WFC Research Manager, David Jacobs and Benjamin Sovacool. It provides detailed analysis of feed-in tariff design, and provides a guide to campaigning for them. It includes discussion of other support schemes, of barriers and technical issues, and of the place of good policy in driving a green collar economy.


A Renewable World. Energy, Ecology, Equality.
By Herbert Girardet and Miguel Mendonça

ISBN: 978-1900322492
Publisher: Green Books
Date: September 2009
Price: £14.95 (order your copy here or click here for free download)

The post-Copenhagen world requires a fresh look at the big picture. In the absence of international agreements, what steps can be taken nationally, regionally and locally to reduce both carbon emissions and carbon concentrations? The former can be achieved through a transformation in energy production, saving and use, and the latter through biological carbon sequestration. This book sets out examples of these strategies, in policy and practice, from around the world. In addition, the essential question of the active participation of all sectors of society in this transformation is considered through examples of existing initiatives, and the wider issue of democratic reform.

A Renewable World was developed in conjunction with dozens of world experts and features solutions on renewable energy, biosequestration, energy sufficiency, energy for developing countries, green collar jobs, cities, transport, agriculture and food, regional economies, and civil participation and democracy. It seeks to clarify what can be done, and how we can all benefit, long into the future.     


Feed-in Tariffs: Accelerating the deployment of renewable energy
by Miguel Mendonça

ISBN: 9781844077885
Publisher: Earthscan
Date: April 2009
Price: £29.95 (order your copy here)

This book offers a concise and unique introduction to feed-in law - examining the experience of countries that have implemented this model, and providing policy makers with the information required to consider feed-in tariffs as a model. The author argues that the policy should be implemented anywhere with a suitable national power grid infrastructure, and identifies variations on the policy for those areas without. Alternative models are examined, and their comparative advantages and disadvantages discussed, to provide policy makers with the information required to consider the implementation of feed-in tariffs, and to introduce the concept to renewable energy technology manufacturers, producers, investors and supporters.

A feed-in tariff is a renewable energy law which obliges energy suppliers to buy electricity produced from renewable resources at a fixed price, usually over a fixed period. These legal guarantees ensure investment security, and the support of all viable renewable energy technologies. It was recommended in the Stern Report as the best policy tool for the fastest, lowest-cost deployment of renewables, and Germany's world leadership in renewable energy is thanks largely to their exemplary version.


WFC Booklet: Energy Sufficiency - Eight Policies towards the Sustainable Use of Energy. October 2009.

Energy Sufficiency aims to deliver energy services more efficiently, whilst also changing energy consumption behaviour to reduce overall demand. At the same time, equitable access to energy must be facilitated. The booklet presents eight proven and effective policies to help make the world more sufficient:
- Energy audits for existing buildings
- Phasing out of incandescent light bulbs
- Energy performance contracting
- Incentivising CHP
- The "Top Runner" programme
- Carbon-negative cooking
- Smart metering
- Area road pricing

Download the WFC booklet here.


WFC Booklet: Feed-in Tariff Laws

An accelerated switch to renewable energy is essential if the world is to avoid climate chaos. And Feed-In Tariff policy is essential to that effort; the single most effective way to speed up the switch to renewable energy.
A combination of critical research, public awareness raising, advocacy and direct assistance to policy makers, are the hallmarks of the World Future Council Feed-In Tariff project.
Bringing together key stakeholders and building momentum for change is where the World Future Council excels. The evidence of success is clear. Rapid adoption of Feed-In Tariff laws around the world is making clean energy a reality for all. Read the documentation here.


WFC booklet: Feed-in Tariffs - Boosting Energy for our Future

The World Future Council regards the Feed-in tariff system as the most effective available policy to increase the deployment of renewable energy. The booklet argues that renewable energy can meet our energy needs and create economic opportunities. It explains how a FIT works and provides information on the success of the German FIT law. 

Download the WFC Guide to this successful policy here


Surviving the Century: Facing Climate Chaos & Other Global Challenges
Edited by Herbert Girardet

ISBN: 9781844076123
Publisher: Earthscan
Date: October 2008
Price: £16.99 (order your copy here)

This book, the first major book to be published by the World Future Council, is focused primarily on environmental issues. Above all else its eight chapters are concerned with making new choices about dealing with climate change -probably the greatest ever collective challenge faced by humanity, and one that goes right to the heart of the growth philosophy underpinning modern urban industrial civilisation. With leading researchers saying we may have little more than ten years to stop catastrophic climate change from becoming irreversible, not facing this challenge will be an intolerable crime against the future.

As Ross Gelbspan notes in his chapter, "a meaningful solution to the climate crisis could potentially be the beginning of a much larger transformation of our social and economic dynamics". This book offers a contribution to this transformation. Looking in turn at issues relating to energy, agriculture, forests, cities, industrial processes, international trade, and the democratic system, this books contributors consider the gaps between where we are and where we need to be, and point to ways of bridging these.


Cities People Planet: Liveable Cities for a Sustainable World
by Herbert Girardet

ISBN: 0 470 85284 4
Publisher: Wiley
Date: April 2008
Price: £24.99 (order your copy here)

There is a huge amount of interest in the future of the planet and how architecture and design can contribute to this. This book considers the ecological design of the city and includes ideas and best practice examples of ecological architectural and urban design around the world.

The tone of the book is extremely accessible as it demonstrates how small changes in one area of the world can have impacts elsewhere. It gives an optimistic view and leaves the reader fascinated at the intricacies of the planet's ecosystems and how architecture and urban design can affect it. Examples range from Ladbroke Grove solar city in London to Los Angeles, San Francisco, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Copenhagen, Curitiba, Tokyo, Sao Paulo, Helsinki, Portland Oregon, New York and New Delhi.

It is an extremely well rounded book with a balance of focus across history and around the world and is set to be a complete and comprehensive work written by one of the leading figures in this of the leading figures in this field.


Shaping our Future:
Creating the World Future Council
By Jakob von Uexkull and Herbert Girardet

ISBN: 1 903998 46 8
Publisher: Green Books / World Future Council Initiative
June 2005 (Revised and Expanded Edition)
Price: Free to download here
As a result of rampant materialism, consumerism and a very narrow view of the world, we have created a profoundly unsustainable civilisation which is effectively a world without a future. Shaping Our Future was the first attempt to define the need for, and structure of, The World Future Council. First published in 2004 with the title Creating The World Future Council this book outlines the original vision of the WFC, set up to challenge this situation.


World Future Council poster: Power to the People

With the right policies in place, people in Africa can profit from creating their own renewable energy and the continent can develop sustainably. This poster shows all the benefits. Download the poster as PDF document. Also available as printed version on request.