A joint project between several global institutions to further the role of law in delivering the low-carbon economy whilst exploring/improving definitions of ‘justice’ and the idea of a ‘just transition’.
Within climate, energy, and environmental (CEE) scholar communities, transition means different things because each conceptualize ‘justice’ in distinct ways. Therefore, in ensuring a ‘just transition’ to a low-carbon economy, how can society support such a process when there are mixed visions of its meaning?
These three research areas all have their own version of ‘justice scholarship’ – i.e. energy justice (McCauley et al. 2013), environmental justice (Capek, 1993; Walker and Buckeley, 2006), and climate justice (Caney, 2014). At their simplest these three forms of justice can be defined as:
- climate justice concerns sharing the benefits and burdens of climate change from a human rights perspective;
- energy justice refers to the application of human rights across the energy life-cycle (from cradle to grave); and
- environmental justice aims to treat all citizens equally and to involve them in the development, implementation and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations and policies.
To-date there has been very limited research in uniting these perspectives, and we advance a conceptualization, the ‘just transition’, which encapsulates all three perspectives. Further, we aim to unite interdisciplinary scholars working on issues across the energy system on the just transition to a low-carbon economy. This project will primarily be a law-led project but we believe our initiative can establish clearly the role of law with other disciplines in relation to climate, energy and environmental issues. And hence the team is interdisciplinary consisting of academics from law, geography, business, environmental sciences and public health.
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Research Report 11 Jul 2019
Regen has run the Solar Commission, a project that has been set up as part of the UKERC Whole Systems Network Fund. This report presents the conclusions of the Commission.
This report explores the current state of gender balance in UK energy research. Researchers looked at the data and talked to female energy researchers about their experience of securing research funding.
by Long Seng To 03 Oct 2019
Many low-income countries are vulnerable to natural hazards, long-term processes of ecological degradation, and global climate change. Project lead Long Seng To, of Loughborough University, writes, with an accompanying short film.
Heating engineers are absolutely central to heating in the UK and are therefore going to be a huge part of the UK’s heat transformation (if it happens), writes Richard Lowes.
A collaboration between charity 10:10 Climate Action and professors at Manchester Metropolitan University, a game based on the real life challenges involved in heat decarbonisation has now been launched.
Blog 09 May 2019
In one of the latest Whole Systems Networking Fund events, the IVUGER network hosted a writing retreat. With the network growing, it was a resounding success...
by Grant Wilson 28 Mar 2019
As we approach the end of this year’s teaching, we are counting down to the inaugural TeachEnergy workshop to start to create a community of practice around teaching energy.
Networking Fund Event, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM, 24 October 2019
Centre for Sustainable Technologies, Ulster University, Belfast, United Kingdom
Networking Fund Event, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM, 16 September 2019
IVUGER, London South Bank University, United Kingdom
Networking Fund Event, 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM, 9 July 2019
Regen, House of Lords, Houses of Parliament, Parliament Square, London, United Kingdom
Networking Fund Event, 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM, 12 June 2019
Centre for Sustainable Technologies, Loughview Suite, Floor H, Block 8 Ulster University Shore Road, Newtownabbey, United Kingdom
Networking Fund Event, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM, 21 May 2019
University of Birmingham, Murray Learning Centre, Building R28,University of Birmingham, United Kingdom