Navigating tensions between rapid and just low-carbon transitions

Newell, Peter J, Geels, Frank W and Sovacool, Benjamin K (2022) Navigating tensions between rapid and just low-carbon transitions. Environmental Research Letters, 17 (4). a041006 1-5. ISSN 1748-9326

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Abstract

In this Perspective, we suggest that research on just transitions and energy justice needs to better attend to the increasingly important trade-offs arising from issues related to speed and acceleration of low-carbon transitions. We identify and elaborate two important tensions that policymakers face when they want to simultaneously achieve both just and rapid low-carbon transitions. First, the way in which participatory processes may increase justice but slow the speed of action; and second the way in which incumbent mobilization can accelerate transitions but entrench injustices. Such an analysis shifts the focus from mapping justice dimensions to acknowledging the inevitable trade-offs and winners and losers produced by transition processes as a first step to better navigating them.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: low carbon, transitions, equity, justice
Schools and Departments: School of Global Studies > International Relations
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Date Deposited: 01 Apr 2022 09:52
Last Modified: 16 May 2022 13:00
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/105119

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