Climate change, energy policy and justice: a systematic review
journal contributionposted on 2023-05-19, 16:56 authored by Jason ByrneJason Byrne, Portanger, C
Energy efficiency and energy security are emerging concerns in climate change policy. But. there is little acknowledgment of energy justice issues. Marginalised and vulnerable communities may be disproportionately exposed to both climate change impacts (e.g. heat, flooding) and costs associated with energy transitions related to climate change mitigation and adaptation (e.g. particulate exposure from biofuel combustion). Climate change is producing energy-related impacts such as increased cooling costs. In some cases it threatens energy security. Higher electricity costs associated with ‘climate proofing’ energy network infrastructure may exacerbate ‘fuel poverty’ - itself a form of injustice. In this paper we critically review the literature about multiple interrelations between energy policy, justice and climate change. We identify key issues, illuminate knowledge gaps, and synthesise findings to develop a conceptual model. We chart a research agenda and highlight policy implications.
Publication titleAnalyse and Kritik: Zeitschrift Fuer Sozialtheorie
Department/SchoolSchool of Geography, Planning and Spatial Sciences
PublisherDe Gruyter Oldenbourg
Place of publicationGermany
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