The climate change challenge and transitions for radical changes in the European steel industry

Rynikiewicz, C (2008) The climate change challenge and transitions for radical changes in the European steel industry. Journal of Cleaner Production, 16 (7). pp. 781-789. ISSN 0959-6526

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Abstract

This paper presents ideas pertaining to transitions that are envisaged in the steel industry from Cleaner Production (CP) to Systems Innovation. Limits of the socio-technical system and the climate change challenge will induce changes in the production, distribution and consumption patterns of steel and other materials. Insights from industrial economics and evolutionary theory on innovation for sustainable development are needed to assess the rationale behind the adoption and diffusion of new breakthrough technologies named Ultra Low CO2 Steel making (ULCOS). Evolution in material consumption patterns deserves a special research agenda which focuses upon the long term evolution of the consuming sectors as major changes in the infrastructure and products that support our many energy dependent services (mobility, shelter, heat, light, etc.) are expected. These changes will be significantly amplified by greenhouse gas emission constraints.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Climate change; Eco-efficiency; Steel making; Eco-restructuring; Sufficiency innovations
Schools and Departments: School of Business, Management and Economics > SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic theory. Demography
Depositing User: Christophe Rynikiewicz
Date Deposited: 06 Jun 2012 08:00
Last Modified: 06 Jun 2012 08:00
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/39549
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