The potential of Positive Energy Districts as energy governance tools for a Just Transition

Hearn , A.X. . The potential of Positive Energy Districts as energy governance tools for a Just Transition. 2023, Doctoral Thesis, University of Basel, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.


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The idea of PEDs as decarbonised urban areas that produce
enough power to export an annual surplus is to be lauded, but it is not without problems.
Indeed, PEDs have the potential to contribute to a more just transition – that is, only if their implementation is done in an equitable way that focuses on affordability across population segments.
Most PED research focuses on technical aspects and neglects social issues. Furthermore,there are scant studies on the link between technologically innovative living spaces such as
smart cities or PEDs and justice. There has been some prior use of the capability approach as the basis for energy justice research but it is also noted that there is a need for
research into the adaptation of energy capabilities for smart technology districts such as PEDs. Moreover, the capability approach is normally operationalized based on adapted
lists of core capabilities following Nussbaum while an approach which is more open to individual cultural interpretations of what is considered a valued life (more in line with Sen) has not received as much attention. Furthermore, there is currently no conceptual framework that links energy vulnerability overtly with SDG7 (access to clean and affordable energy). Providing such a link would
provide a potential way of enhancing policymaker ability to directly target those that are energy vulnerable in more effective ways.
Advisors:Burger, Paul and Schmitz, Barbara
Faculties and Departments:04 Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Departement Gesellschaftswissenschaften > Fachbereich Nachhaltigkeitsforschung > Nachhaltigkeitsforschung (Burger)
UniBasel Contributors:Hearn, Adam Xavier Gabriel and Burger, Paul and Schmitz, Barbara
Item Type:Thesis
Thesis Subtype:Doctoral Thesis
Thesis no:14969
Thesis status:Complete
Number of Pages:1 Band (verschiedene Seitenzählungen)
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  • urn: urn:nbn:ch:bel-bau-diss149690
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Deposited On:23 Mar 2023 11:01

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