Do collective energy initiatives support ‘strong sustainability’?

Researchers involved in a project on collective action on sustainable energy (COMETS), including ECOLISE’s Research Coordinator, Tom Henfrey, have released their first academic publication, a book chapter entitled Collective Action Initiatives in the Energy Transition. Supporters of a strong sustainability paradigm?

It is available for download from ResearchGate.

The chapter emphasises the need for ‘strong sustainability’, going beyond the purely physical and technical aspects of energy transition to include social, cultural, organisational, economic and political dimensions. It highlights the work community-led initiatives are already doing in this regard. It is illustrated by several examples of how community initiatives are contributing, through multidimensional action, to achievement of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

COMETS is a Horizon 2020 research project.