The Winning of the Carbon War

Author: Leggett, Jeremy

Publication Date:

February 2018



Original language and publisher

English | Crux Publishing


Current Affairs, Environment

The Winning of the Carbon War

Author: Leggett, Jeremy

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“A brilliant page turner, alternately daringly funny, coldly sobering, starkly terrifying – poetic, personal, beautiful and intensely urgent.”  — Josh Fox, Emmy-winning film director

“It’s a masterpiece. Probably the most important book written on the greatest issue of our time since ‘An Inconvenient Truth’” — Neville Williams

“Great fun to read; kind, tough, and often very funny.” — Lord Nicholas Stern, London School of Economics

“We can rely on Jeremy Leggett to provide an interesting and insightful perspective.” — Richard Branson, Virgin Group

“A vital message that deserves as wide an audience as possible.” — Mark Lewis, Barclays

“Entertaining, informative and almost impossible to put down.” — Nicci Talbot, Huffington Post

Humanity is in a race, a kind of civil war.

On the light side, the believers in a sustainable future based on clean energy fight to save us from climate change. The dark side defends the continuing use of fossil fuels, often careless of the impact it has on the world. Jeremy Leggett fought for the light side for a quarter of a century as it lost battle after battle. Then, in 2013, the tide began to turn. By 2015, it was clear the war could be won. Leggett’s front-line chronicle tells one person’s story of those turnaround years, culminating in dramatic scenes at the Paris climate summit, and what they can mean for the world.

In this updated edition, an extra chapter summarises the events of 2016 and 2017 as they appear from the vantage point of another climate summit in Paris on the second anniversary of the original.

Jeremy Leggett is an award-winning social entrepreneur and critically-acclaimed author whose books include The Carbon War, Half Gone, and The Energy of Nations. He is founder and a director of Solarcentury, the UK’s fastest growing renewable energy company since 2000. An Entrepreneur of the Year at the New Energy Awards, he has been described by the Observer as ‘Britain’s most respected green energy boss’. He has won a Gothenburg Prize, and was the first non-Dutch winner of a Royal Dutch Honorary Sustainability Award. An occasional writer for national media including the Guardian and the Financial Times, he maintains a website blog on the opportunities and dangers of tech: