Sociotechnical transitions for deep decarbonization

Geels, Frank W, Sovacool, Benjamin K, Schwanen, Tim and Sorrell, Steve (2017) Sociotechnical transitions for deep decarbonization. Science, 357 (6357). pp. 1242-1244. ISSN 1095-9203

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Abstract

Rapid and deep reductions in greenhouse gas emission are needed to avoid dangerous climate change. This will necessitate low-carbon transitions across electricity, transport, heat, industrial, forestry, and agricultural systems. But despite recent rapid growth in renewable electricity generation, the rate of progress toward this wider goal of deep decarbonization remains slow. Moreover, many policy-oriented energy and climate researchers and models remain wedded to disciplinary approaches that focus on a single piece of the low-carbon transition puzzle, yet avoid many crucial real-world elements for accelerated transitions (1). We present a “sociotechnical” framework to address the multidimensionality of the deep decarbonization challenge and show how coevolutionary interactions between technologies and societal groups can accelerate low-carbon transitions.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Business, Management and Economics > SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit
Depositing User: Nora Blascsok
Date Deposited: 03 Oct 2017 08:31
Last Modified: 03 Oct 2017 08:32
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/70398

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