Cities and Low Carbon Transitions

This collection adds to existing literature on cities and energy transitions and introduces critical questions about power and social interests, lock-in and development trajectories, social equity and economic development, and socio ...

Cities and Low Carbon Transitions

Current societies face unprecedented risks and challenges connected to climate change. Addressing them will require fundamental transformations in the infrastructures that sustain everyday life, such as energy, water, waste and mobility. A transition to a ‘low carbon’ future implies a large scale reorganisation in the way societies produce and use energy. Cities are critical in this transition because they concentrate social and economic activities that produce climate change related emissions. At the same time, cities are increasingly recognised as sources of opportunities for climate change mitigation. Whether, how and why low carbon transitions in urban systems take place in response to climate change will therefore be decisive for the success of global mitigation efforts. As a result, climate change increasingly features as a critical issue in the management of urban infrastructure and in urbanisation policies. Cities and Low Carbon Transitions presents a ground-breaking analysis of the role of cities in low carbon socio-technical transitions. Insights from the fields of urban studies and technological transitions are combined to examine how, why and with what implications cities bring about low carbon transitions. The book outlines the key concepts underpinning theories of socio-technical transition and assesses its potential strengths and limits for understanding the social and technological responses to climate change that are emerging in cities. It draws on a diverse range of examples including world cities, ordinary cities and transition towns, from North America, Europe, South Africa and China, to provide evidence that expectations, aspirations and plans to undertake purposive socio-technical transitions are emerging in different urban contexts. This collection adds to existing literature on cities and energy transitions and introduces critical questions about power and social interests, lock-in and development trajectories, social equity and economic development, and socio-technical change in cities. The book addresses academics, policy makers, practitioners and researchers interested in the development of systemic responses in cities to curb climate change.

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Special Issue: Cities, Energy and Climate Change Mitigation
Language: en
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Authors: Christopher M. Dent
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Type: BOOK - Published: 2016 - Publisher:

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Cities and Climate Change
Language: en
Pages: 280
Authors: Harriet Bulkeley
Categories: Architecture
Type: BOOK - Published: 2013-05-07 - Publisher: Routledge

Climate change is one of the most significant global challenges facing the world today. It is also a critical issue for the world’s cities. Now home to over half the world’s population, urban areas are significant sources of greenhouse gas emissions and are vulnerable to the impacts of climate change.
Cities and Climate Change
Language: en
Pages: 276
Authors: OECD
Categories: Architecture
Type: BOOK - Published: 2010-11-29 - Publisher: OECD Publishing

This book shows how city and metropolitan regional governments working in tandem with national governments can change the way we think about responding to climate change.
Urban Microclimate Modelling for Comfort and Energy Studies
Language: en
Pages: 556
Authors: Massimo Palme, Agnese Salvati
Categories: Architecture
Type: BOOK - Published: 2021-04-08 - Publisher: Springer Nature

​​This book discusses urban microclimate and heat-related risks in urban areas, brought on by the combination of global climate change effects and local modification of climate determined by extensive urbanization such as the ‘Urban heat island’ phenomenon. This matter is relevant to almost all urbanized areas in the world, where
Cities and Climate Change
Language: en
Pages: 306
Authors: Daniel Hoornweg
Categories: Political Science
Type: BOOK - Published: 2011 - Publisher: World Bank Publications

Cities concentrate wealth, people and productivity while consuming much of the world's energy and producing much of the world's greenhouse gas emissions. This concentration makes cities and their populations more at risk to natural disasters and to long-term changes in climate, yet cities also offer vast opportunities to respond to