The crucial role of complementarity, transparency and adaptability for designing energy policies for sustainable development

Pahle, M., Schaeffer, R., Pachauri, S. ORCID:, Eom, J., Awasthy, A., Chen, W., Di Maria, C., Kiang, K., et al. (2021). The crucial role of complementarity, transparency and adaptability for designing energy policies for sustainable development. Energy Policy 159 e112662. 10.1016/j.enpol.2021.112662.

[thumbnail of Revised manuscript_Energy Policy.pdf]
Revised manuscript_Energy Policy.pdf - Accepted Version
Available under License Creative Commons Attribution.

Download (846kB) | Preview
Project: Linking Climate and Development Policies - Leveraging International Networks and Knowledge Sharing (CD-LINKS, H2020 642147)


The UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Agreement have ushered in a new era of policymaking to deliver on the formulated goals. Energy policies are key to ensuring universal access to affordable, reliable, sustainable, and modern energy (SDG7). Yet they can also have considerable impact on other goals. To successfully achieve multiple goals concurrently, policies need to balance different objectives and manage their interactions. Refining previously contemplated design principles, we identify three key principles - complementary, transparency and adaptability - as highly pertinent for multiple-objective energy policies based on a synthesis of seventeen coordinated policy case studies. First, policies should entail complementary measures and design provisions that specifically target non-energy objectives (complementarity). Second, policy impacts should be tracked comprehensively in both energy and non-energy domains to uncover diminishing returns and facilitate policy learning (transparency). Third, policies should be capable of adapting to changing objectives over time (adaptability). These principles are rarely considered in current policies, implying the need to mainstream them into the next generation of policymaking by pointing to best practices and new tools.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Energy policies; Sustainable development; Adaptability; Complementarity; Transparency
Research Programs: Energy, Climate, and Environment (ECE)
Energy, Climate, and Environment (ECE) > Transformative Institutional and Social Solutions (TISS)
Depositing User: Michaela Rossini
Date Deposited: 14 Oct 2021 15:09
Last Modified: 14 Oct 2023 03:00

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item