Low carbon urban transitioning: From local experimentation to urban transformation?

Moloney, S and Horne, R 2015, 'Low carbon urban transitioning: From local experimentation to urban transformation?', Sustainability (Switzerland), vol. 7, no. 3, pp. 2437-2453.

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Title Low carbon urban transitioning: From local experimentation to urban transformation?
Author(s) Moloney, S
Horne, R
Year 2015
Journal name Sustainability (Switzerland)
Volume number 7
Issue number 3
Start page 2437
End page 2453
Total pages 17
Publisher MDPI AG
Abstract Climate change mitigation remains a contested political and policy issue nationally in Australia. Nevertheless, Australian cities have been actively engaging with low carbon policy for well over a decade and numerous actions and programs have resulted. A question arises as to whether such initiatives can amount to a transition; a systemic change from one dominant fossil-fuel based socio-technical regime, to another, fossil-free based socio-technical regime. In this paper, we review the critical literature on low carbon governance and socio-technical transitions and present a set of criteria by which we propose it is possible to assess the emergence of and/or progress towards low carbon urban transition. We then apply this approach to a case study. The paper presents findings from a review of low carbon initiatives in Australia with a particular focus on Melbourne, Victoria exploring the policy context in which these initiatives and responses have emerged, the typical approaches adopted and the implications for urban change and governance. We examine the roles of, and relationships between, different levels of government, climate change alliances, community/environmental organisations and other actors, and assess progress of the urban low carbon transition. In so doing, we identify significant shortcomings and policy disconnects which we argue are limiting progress towards a low carbon future in Victoria.
Subject Built Environment and Design not elsewhere classified
Keyword(s) Low carbon governance
Socio-technical transitions
Urban policy
DOI - identifier 10.3390/su7032437
Copyright notice © 2015 by the authors; licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland.
ISSN 2071-1050
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