The concept ‘Low Carbon Transition’ refers to a shift from an economy which depends heavily on fossil fuels to a sustainable, low carbon economy. A fundamental change in the way we organize energy services is necessary to reduce the risks of catastrophic climate change. Furthermore, a sustainable energy system is likely to offer other significant benefits such as lower resource dependence, technology spillovers associated with the development of alternative energy sources, global access to energy services and secure and reliable low-carbon energy supplies.
There are really two critical ideas here. First, the notion of a low carbon emission economy or society: and here the issue is how to redesign our economies (including key sectors such as energy, transport, and agriculture) to avoid releasing greenhouse gasses which are damaging the climate system. And second, the idea of transition, of movement over several generations from our present dependence on GHG emitting fossil fuels towards more sustainable ways of life.
This working group focuses on the concept ‘low carbon transition’. Important questions that will be explored are: How did the notion of low carbon transition emerge. How significant has this concept been for the development of new governance approaches to managing social/ecological interactions? What policies are associated with low carbon transition strategies?
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Professor Oluf Langhelle
Faculty of Social Science
University of Stavanger
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