1st Edition

Governing the Energy Transition
Reality, Illusion or Necessity?

ISBN 9781138110519
Published May 24, 2017 by Routledge
392 Pages 39 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The Energy Transition, the inevitable shift away from cheap, centralized, largely fossil-based energy systems, is one of the core challenges of our time. This book provides a coherent and novel insight into the nature of this challenge and possible strategies to accelerate and guide such transitions. It brings together prominent European scholars and practitioners from the fields of energy transition research and governance to draw attention to the current complex dynamics in the energy domain, and offer elegant and provocative explanations for current crises and lock-ins. They identify multiple energy transition pathways that emerge and increasingly compete, and emphasize the need and possibilities for novel governance. By analysing the complexity of energy transition processes and the difficulties in shifting to sustainable pathways, this text questions the extent to which actually governing energy transitions is already reality, just an illusion, or a bare necessity.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction  Geert Verbong and Derk Loorbach  2. Setting the Stage for the Energy Transition  Vincent Lagendijk and Geert Verbong  3. Energy Transitions in Practice: The Case of Global Indoor Climate Change  Elizabeth Shove  4. Resisting Change? The Transnational Dynamics of European Energy Regimes  Erik van der Vleuten and Per Högselius  5. Carbon Capture and Storage: Sustainable Solution or Reinforced Carbon Lock-in?  Philip Vergragt  6. Analyzing Emerging Sustainable Energy Niches in Europe: A Strategic Niche Management Perspective  Rob Raven  7. Motors of Sustainable Innovation: Understanding Transitions from a Technological Innovation System’s Perspective  Roald Suurs and Marko Hekkert  8. Civil Society in Sustainable Energy Transitions  Adrian Smith  9. Future Electricity Systems: Visions, Scenarios and Transition Pathways  Geert Verbong and Frank Geels  10. The Dutch Energy Transition Project (2000–2009)  Frans van der Loo and Derk Loorbach  11. Working in the Science-Policy Interface: Transition Monitoring in the Dutch Energy Transition Program  Mattijs Taanman  12. An International Perspective on the Energy Transition Project  Florian Kern  13. Energy Governance in the European Union: Enabling Conditions for a Low Carbon Transition?  Måns Nilsson  14. Conclusion: Is Governance of the Energy Transition a Reality, an Illusion or a Necessity?  Derk Loorbach and Geert Verbong.

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Geert Verbong is an Associate Professor at the School of Innovation Sciences, Eindhoven University of Technology.

Derk Loorbach is managing director of DRIFT, Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands.