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The Edge

On sale

31st August 2023

Price: £25

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Selected: Hardcover / ISBN-13: 9781399810845

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Why did Russia invade Ukraine? Why have energy costs and inflation been so high? Why is there is there a cost-of-living crisis? Why does the climate crisis keep getting worse? What causes conflict, socio-economic crises, and climate change and what can you do about it, for your family, your business, and your country?
Global events, however long their origins, too often seem out of our control and suddenly to transform the world around us. If we want stability, we need to understand the causes, the scale of the challenges, and how we can deliver big enough solutions in time.
So many crises are caused by the same problem: competition for coveted resources. The amount of these same resources that we waste is shocking and the impact devastating. Which is why every society, organisation, business, household, and individual must put efficiency first – not just to save money and carbon and improve resilience, but to mitigate and avoid both conflict and climate change.
‘The Edge’ is a very contemporary look at how the world has been transformed by recent events, focusing on climate change, the war in Ukraine, the next resource flashpoints, and the challenges the world faces around energy, security, the environment and the economy.
Written from an investor’s perspective from inside the energy industry, it will help businesses and economies apparently at the mercy of the markets to transition towards sustainability, productivity and prosperity, and help everyone understand the world in 2023. In the face of crisis and opportunity, we are at a turning point in history.

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Reviews

Edward Lucas, The Times
The statistics in Maxwell's book are stunning. Energy, like food and water, is in increasingly short supply. But for all of these, we waste most of what we are fighting over.
Reader's Digest
The Edge is the only book you need to make sense of the global energy crisis.
Lord Stern, Chair of the Grantham Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at the London School of Economics
A very important contribution. One of the huge comparative advantages of this book is the seriousness and knowledge about energy and efficiency. It explains how critical resource efficiency, relating to energy, but also to other scarce resources such as food, water, minerals, and time will be to managing the enormous geopolitical, economic, and environmental challenges in front of all of us today.
Dr Andrew Lee, University of Oxford Climate Alumni Network
The Edge is an eloquent roller coaster ride through the unfolding of the modern climate crisis, well informed, up to date and well articulated, a project that keeps one eye on global energy and resource use growth, and one on energy and resource wastage ... an important and urgent book ...
Michael Liebreich, Founder of Bloomberg NEF and Host of Cleaning Up
For years we have been told that the most valuable unit of energy is the unit we don't use. But turning that observation into real flows of finance has proven elusive. Jonathan has a clear vision for how to change that - and more than just a vision, he's got the receipts: he's done it, at scale on five continents.