The cultural barriers to a low-carbon future: a review of six mobility and energy transitions across 28 countries

Sovacool, Benjamin K and Griffiths, Steve (2019) The cultural barriers to a low-carbon future: a review of six mobility and energy transitions across 28 countries. Renewable & Sustainable Energy Reviews. a109569. ISSN 1364-0321

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Abstract

This review focuses on how culture can complicate attempts at promoting more efficient, more sustainable, and often more affordable forms of mobility as well as energy use in homes and buildings. In simpler terms: it illustrates the cultural barriers to a low-carbon, low-energy future across 28 countries. Rather than focus on energy supply, it deals intently with energy end-use, demand, and consumption. In terms of low-carbon transport and mobility, it examines the cultural barriers to aggressive driving, speeding, and eco-driving; automated vehicles; and ridesharing and carpooling. In terms of cooking and building energy use, it examines the cultural barriers to solar home systems, improved cookstoves, and energy efficient heating. For each case, the review synthesizes a wide range of studies showing that culture can operate as a salient but often unacknowledged barrier to low-carbon transitions as well as sustainability transitions more generally. The paper concludes with recommendations aimed at catalyzing the effectiveness and efficiency with which policymakers, researchers and practitioners are able to research, develop, demonstrate and deploy technologies and policies for a low-carbon transition.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: culture; energy transitions; sustainability transitions; innovation; social acceptance; automated vehicles; self-driving cars
Schools and Departments: University of Sussex Business School > SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit
Depositing User: Francisco Dominguez
Date Deposited: 12 Nov 2019 09:15
Last Modified: 27 Nov 2019 12:15
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/87979

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