Entries by Nora Blascsok and Benjamin K. Sovacool

Unheard voices across the lifecycle of digital technologies and low-carbon transitions

Lived experiences of cobalt miners in the DRC and e-waste workers in Ghana We are living in a society that relies heavily on digital technology, and these technologies have become so engrained in our everyday lives that we rarely question where they come from, whose labour contributes to their existence and what happens after we […]

Political acceptability of climate policies: do we need a “just transition” or simply less unequal societies?

This blog post is partly based on the policy paper “Job Losses and the Political Acceptability of Climate Policies: why the job killing argument is so persistent and how to overturn it.” Concerns for a “just transition” towards a low-carbon economy are now part of mainstream political debates as well as of international negotiations on […]

D 1.3 Sectorial Analysis Draft Report

Summary This report describes patterns of diffusion of energy technologies in a set of future scenarios, and historical diffusion dynamics of a range of energy technologies. The report covers scenario projections, and historical diffusion dynamics, in five broad sectoral areas: power generation, heat in buildings, industrial energy demand, transport, and agriculture.

D 3.5 Report on second participatory co-design workshop

Summary The INNOPATHS project is developing a set of narratives that describe the possible evolution of the European energy system over the coming decades. This process is heavily informed by stakeholder views, through a series of co-design processes. This report describes the second stakeholder scenario workshop, which was held in London in July 2020. The […]

D 2.3 Report on the role of user-driven and inclusive innovation and new business models for the low-carbon transition

Summary This Deliverable focusses on two distinct issues, in Part 1 and Part 2 Part 1: The role of users and user-based innovation in the heat pump transitions of Finland and the United Kingdom A typology of user-based innovation hypothesizes five different user types in low carbon transitions: User-producers, user-legitimators, user-intermediaries, user-citizens, and user-consumers. This […]

Adverse effects of rising interest rates on sustainable energy transitions

Increasing the use of renewable energy (RE) is a key enabler of sustainable energy transitions. While the costs of RE have substantially declined in the past, here we show that rising interest rates (IRs) can reverse the trend of decreasing RE costs, particularly in Europe with its historically low IRs. In Germany, IRs recovering to […]

Climate policies and skill-biased employment dynamics: Evidence from EU countries

The political acceptability of climate policies is undermined by job-killing arguments, especially for the least-skilled workers. However, evidence of the distributional impacts for different workers remains scant. We examine the associations between climate policies, proxied by energy prices, and workforce skills for 14 European countries and 15 industrial sectors over the period 1995–2011. Using a […]

INNOPATHS holds a workshop for European policymakers

How might Europe achieve deep decarbonisation? The INNOPATHS project is using a process of stakeholder engagement and co-design to develop decarbonisation pathways for Europe to 2050 – each of which explores a different route to deep decarbonisation. On Tuesday 9th July the project brought together policymakers from across Europe to think through how decarbonisation Will […]

Halving energy demand from buildings: The impact of low consumption practices

Limiting global warming below 1.5 °C requires rapid decarbonization of energy systems. Reductions of energy demand have an important role to play in a sustainable energy transition. Here we explore the extent to which the emergence of low energy consuming practices, encompassing new behaviors and the adoption of more efficient technologies, could contribute to lowering energy […]