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Publication type: Article in scientific journal
Type of review: Peer review (publication)
Title: From terminating to transforming : the role of phase-out in sustainability transitions
Authors: Rinscheid, Adrian
Rosenbloom, Daniel
Markard, Jochen
Turnheim, Bruno
et. al: No
DOI: 10.1016/j.eist.2021.10.019
Published in: Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions
Volume(Issue): 41
Page(s): 27
Pages to: 31
Issue Date: 2021
Publisher / Ed. Institution: Elsevier
ISSN: 2210-4224
Language: English
Subjects: Phase-out; Regime destabilization; Systems change; Sustainability transition policy; Transition governance; Transition politics
Subject (DDC): 338.927: Environmental economics and sustainable development
Abstract: Phase-out is rapidly gaining traction as a central part of practical efforts to address sustainability challenges. However, the way it has been conceived of in policy debates and some academic work is problematic in that it (1) tends to be narrowly focused on substitution; (2) underexposes the bi-directional relationship between phase-outs and innovation; and (3) pays insufficient attention to political challenges. To fully reap the potential of phase-out in sustainability transitions, we call for a more integrative body of scholarship. We identify three important avenues to advance this agenda: First, shifting the unit of analysis to socio-technical systems and the reconfiguration of entire regimes will help to elucidate the multiple logics underlying phase-outs. Second, deepening insights on the timing and interaction between phase-out and innovation will unveil the potential of phase-outs in accelerating transitions. Finally, engaging with issues of power, political legitimacy, and equity is required to mitigate political challenges.
Fulltext version: Published version
License (according to publishing contract): CC BY-NC-ND 4.0: Attribution - Non commercial - No derivatives 4.0 International
Departement: School of Engineering
Organisational Unit: Institute of Sustainable Development (INE)
Published as part of the ZHAW project: SWEET PATHFNDR – Wege in eine effiziente Energiezukunft durch Flexibilität und Sektorenkopplung
Pathways – Conflicting Transition Pathways for Deep Decarbonization
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