Newsletter 2

Newsletter 2 - June 2015

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PATHWAYS Policy Brief
Rapidly falling costs of batteries for electric vehicles
Windows of opportunity for change
Towards an integrated evaluation of sustainability transitions


PATHWAYS Policy Brief
Limiting global climate change to less than 2 °C poses serious challenges: it requires a more or less completely decarbonized power sector by 2050 and sustained decarbonisation rates of 2-3 times the level historically observed. Clearly, achieving this will require fundamental societal transitions and coordinated policy action. Based on several country case studies, we develop alternative storylines for transition pathways. These show that transitions may work out very differently in different countries depending on governance structures.

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Rapidly falling costs of batteries for electric vehicles
Electric vehicles are a promising option to decarbonize the transport sector: they don’t emit CO2 directly and have a far greater efficiency at turning energy into kilometers than petrol cars. Research conducted in the PATHWAYS project showed that the costs of Li-ion battery backs for electric vehicles have declined strongly and that costs among market leaders are now much lower than previously reported. The effect of these findings on long-term transition pathways for transport will be analyzed later in the PATHWAYS project.

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Windows of opportunity for change
Socio-technical analysis investigates interactions between technical and social dimensions, including economic, cultural and political dimensions. In PATHWAYS we have analyzed the degree of stability and tensions in five empirical domains (electricity, heat/buildings, mobility, agro-food, land-use) for several European countries in order to assess whether tensions in the domain could create windows of opportunity for change. 

Read more (see Analysis of stability and tensions in incumbent socio-technical regimes)

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Towards an integrated evaluation of sustainability transitions
By bridging between approaches to transitions path­ways it is possible to achieve a more multi-dimensional evaluation of transitions as they unfold, informing governance decisions and practices. Past and current transitions can be assessed by analysing recurring patterns and measurable variations. Future projections can be used to explore different alternative trajectories and their potential implications. Sustainability transitions pathways can be further operationalised so as to enable collaborative research, maximising the transferability of concepts and empirical evidence across approaches.

Read more (see Tools and procedures for linking three approaches to transition pathways)

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