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Climate change, energy policy and justice: a systematic review


Byrne, JA and Portanger, C, Climate change, energy policy and justice: a systematic review, Analyse and Kritik: Zeitschrift Fuer Sozialtheorie, 36, (2) pp. 315-343. ISSN 0171-5860 (2014) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.1515/auk-2014-0207


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.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Political science
Research Field:Environmental politics
Objective Division:Environmental Policy, Climate Change and Natural Hazards
Objective Group:Environmental policy, legislation and standards
Objective Field:Environmental policy, legislation and standards not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Byrne, JA (Professor Jason Byrne)
ID Code:125068
Year Published:2014
Deposited By:Geography and Spatial Science
Deposited On:2018-03-26
Last Modified:2018-04-04
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