Culture and low-carbon energy transitions

Sovacool, Benjamin K and Griffiths, Steve (2020) Culture and low-carbon energy transitions. Nature Sustainability. ISSN 2398-9629

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Abstract

How does culture influence low-carbon energy transitions? How can insights about cultural influences guide energy planners and policymakers trying to stimulate transitions, particularly at a time of rapid technological change? This Review examines the influence of culture on a selection of low-carbon technologies and behavioural practices that reflect different dimensions of sustainability. Based on a typology of low-carbon technology and behaviour, we explore the cultural dimensions of four specific cases: eco-driving, ridesharing, automated vehicles and whole-house retrofits. We conclude with recommendations for those seeking to analyse, understand, develop, demonstrate and deploy low-carbon innovations for sustainable energy transitions.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: energy transitions, energy cultures, sustainability transitions, social acceptance, cultural acceptance, cultural barriers
Schools and Departments: University of Sussex Business School > SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Depositing User: Francisco Dominguez
Date Deposited: 18 Feb 2020 08:26
Last Modified: 26 May 2020 12:15
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/89958

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