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After the 2016 Autumn Statement: The low carbon transition – still blowing in the wind?

The Austrian economist Joseph Schumpeter famously described the “winds of creative destruction”: a process of industrial transformation in which product and process innovations revolutionise the existing industrial structure, destroying the old one by creating a new one. But the Chancellor’s

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Stimulating ‘creative destruction’ to transform how we use energy

By Paula Kivimaa & Florian Kern, Centre on Innovation and Energy Demand, SPRU Given the urgency of climate change, it is unfortunate that the recent ‘reset’ of UK energy policy missed a big opportunity. That is to take a more

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Florian Kern on Carbon Capture & Storage in the UK

Photograph of Dr Florian Kern

Could Canada hold the key to Britain’s rotten record on carbon capture? If you want to stop carbon entering the atmosphere and speeding up the process of climate change there are two things you can do: stop using fuels which

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The scrapping of the zero carbon homes undermines trust in government’s commitment to energy efficiency

The government’s decision to scrap the zero carbon homes target plus the equivalent for non-domestic houses is a major setback for achieving a low carbon UK and will undermine the credibility of the policy mix on building energy efficiency and

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What can sustainability transition scholars learn from international political economy research?

In this blogpost written last month Dr Florian Kern opens up a conversation on the potential of scholarship on International Political Economy to enrich the study of sustainability transitions. Today is the last day of the 5th international conference on Sustainability Transitions which is

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