Policy Press

A Just Energy Transition

Getting Decarbonisation Right in a Time of Crisis

By Ed Atkins

Published

Jul 28, 2023

Page count

248 pages

ISBN

978-1529220964

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

Jul 28, 2023

Page count

248 pages

ISBN

978-1529220957

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

Jul 28, 2023

Page count

248 pages

ISBN

978-1529220971

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

Jul 28, 2023

Page count

248 pages

ISBN

978-1529220971

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press
A Just Energy Transition

To reduce emissions and address climate change, we need to invest in renewables and rapidly decarbonise our energy networks. However, decarbonisation is often seen as a technical project, detached from questions of politics and social justice. What if this is leading to unfair transitions, in which some people bear the costs of change while others benefit?

In this timely and expansive book, Ed Atkins asks: are we getting decarbonisation right? And how could it be made better for people and communities? In doing so, this book proposes a different type of energy transition. One that prioritises and takes opportunities to do better – to provide better jobs, community ownership and improve people’s homes and lives.

“Issues of equity and social justice are of paramount importance to ensure that future energy and climate mitigation pathways are socially legitimate but also fair and accountable. This book offers a sobering assessment of our current climate crisis and showcases how we can escape it through our own patterns of behaviour, ownership, community action and work practices. Highly recommended for those that want to ensure nobody is left behind in our phrenetic rush to respond to global climate emergency.” Benjamin Sovacool, University of Sussex and Boston University

“This book goes beyond simply critiquing current energy injustices to also present an inspiring vision of what a more just energy transition should involve.” Neil Simcock, Liverpool John Moores University

"There is growing awareness about the urgent need for decarbonisation but a risk that without putting the most affected communities in the driving seat, more inequalities will arise. Atkins offers a powerful, timely and incredibly readable guide to avert this risk. Don't put this book down until the transition is just!" Katherine Trebeck, University of Edinburgh and co-founder of WEAll

“A hopeful paean to the possibility, necessity and multifaceted visions of just energy transitions, tautly balanced with rigorous accounts of challenges, injustices and grim home truths – delivered with artistic flair.” Siddharth Sareen, University of Stavanger and University of Bergen

Ed Atkins is Senior Lecturer at the School of Geographical Sciences, University of Bristol. His research broadly explores how sustainability and decarbonisation policies can be made fairer and more inclusive.

1. Introduction

2. Transition

3. Scale

4. Ownership

5. Community

6. Home

7. Work

8. Global

9. Conclusion