Debating Energy Transitions – CIED Special
The Centre on Innovation and Energy Demand (CIED) contributed to a special section ‘Debating Energy Transitions’ in the Energy Research and Social Science Journal.
The special section takes the form of a debate with six themed comments that read through as a conversation. The comments feature four authors from the CIED centre, namely Professor Benjamin K. Sovacool, Dr Florian Kern and Dr Karoline Rogge of the University of Sussex and Professor Frank Geels of the University of Manchester.
The debate is a response to an earlier article featured in Energy Research and Social Science entitled ‘How Long Will it Take: Conceptualising the temporal dynamics of energy transitions‘.
The full contents are as follows:
- Vaclav Smil on “Examining energy transitions”
- Arnulf Grubler and colleagues on “Consistent comparisons”
- Roger Fouquet on “Speed, prices, and system transformation”
- Florian Kern and Karoline Rogge on “Agency, international dynamics, and the Paris Agreement”
- Peter Bromley on “Rapid transitions and deep emissions reductions”
- Benjamin Sovacool and Frank Geels on “Further reflections and responses to critics”
See Energy Research and Social Science (ERSS) for more details.
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