Culture and low-carbon energy transitions

Benjamin K. Sovacool, Steve Griffiths

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How does culture influence low-carbon energy transitions? How can insights about cultural influences guide energy planners and policymakers trying to stimulate transitions, particularly at a time of rapid technological change? This Review examines the influence of culture on a selection of low-carbon technologies and behavioural practices that reflect different dimensions of sustainability. Based on a typology of low-carbon technology and behaviour, we explore the cultural dimensions of four specific cases: eco-driving, ridesharing, automated vehicles and whole-house retrofits. We conclude with recommendations for those seeking to analyse, understand, develop, demonstrate and deploy low-carbon innovations for sustainable energy transitions.

Original languageBritish English
Pages (from-to)685-693
Number of pages9
JournalNature Sustainability
Issue number9
StatePublished - 1 Sep 2020


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