Demand-side strategies key for mitigating material impacts of energy transitions

Creutzig, F., Simoes, S., Leipold, S., Berrill, P., Azevedo, I., Edelenbosch, O., Fishman, T., Haberl, H., et al. (2024). Demand-side strategies key for mitigating material impacts of energy transitions. Nature Climate Change 10.1038/s41558-024-02016-z.

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Project: Developing circular pathways for a EU low-carbon transition (CircEUlar, HE 101056810), Circular Economy Modelling for Climate Change Mitigation (CircoMod, HE 101056868), The impacts of digitalised daily life on climate change (iDODDLE, H2020 101003083)


As fossil fuels are phased out in favour of renewable energy, electric cars and other low-carbon technologies, the future clean energy system is likely to require less overall mining than the current fossil-fuelled system. However, material extraction and waste flows, new infrastructure development, land-use change, and the provision of new types of goods and services associated with decarbonization will produce social and environmental pressures at localized to regional scales. Demand-side solutions can achieve the important outcome of reducing both the scale of the climate challenge and material resource requirements. Interdisciplinary systems modelling and analysis are needed to identify opportunities and trade-offs for demand-led mitigation strategies that explicitly consider planetary boundaries associated with Earth�s material resources.

Item Type: Article
Research Programs: Energy, Climate, and Environment (ECE)
Energy, Climate, and Environment (ECE) > Integrated Assessment and Climate Change (IACC)
Energy, Climate, and Environment (ECE) > Sustainable Service Systems (S3)
Energy, Climate, and Environment (ECE) > Transformative Institutional and Social Solutions (TISS)
Depositing User: Luke Kirwan
Date Deposited: 04 Jun 2024 10:24
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2024 10:24

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