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Main Title: Beyond technology
Subtitle: demand-side solutions for climate change mitigation
Author(s): Creutzig, Felix
Fernandez Milan, Blanca
Haberl, Helmut
Khosla, Radhika
Mulugetta, Yacob
Seto, Karen C.
Type: Article
Language Code: en
Is Part Of: 10.14279/depositonce-5521
Abstract: The assessment literature on climate change solutions to date has emphasized technologies and options based on cost-effectiveness analysis. However, many solutions to climate change mitigation misalign with such analytical frameworks. Here, we examine demand-side solutions, a crucial class of mitigation options that go beyond technological specification and costbenefit analysis. To do so, we synthesize demand-side mitigation options in the urban, building, transport, and agricultural sectors. We also highlight the specific nature of demand-side solutions in the context of development. We then discuss key analytical considerations to integrate demand-side options into overarching assessments on mitigation. Such a framework would include infrastructure solutions that interact with endogenous preference formation. Both hard infrastructures, such as the built environment, and soft infrastructures, such as habits and norms, shape behavior and as a consequence offer significant potential for reducing overall energy demand and greenhouse gas emissions. We conclude that systemic infrastructural and behavioral change will likely be a necessary component of a transition to a low-carbon society.
Issue Date: Sep-2016
Date Available: 6-Mar-2017
DDC Class: 330 Wirtschaft
Subject(s): agriculture
climate change mitigation
demand-side measures
end use
greenhouse gas emissions
urban infrastructure
structural change
Journal Title: Annual review of environment and resources
Publisher: Annual Reviews Inc.
Publisher Place: Palo Alto, Calif.
Volume: 41
Issue: 1
Publisher DOI: 10.1146/annurev-environ-110615-085428
Page Start: 73
Page End: 98
EISSN: 1543-5938
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