Research topic: Energy, Environment and Climate
Energy is essential to development and sustenance of social and economic systems, yet energy use comes with ever increasing environmental costs.
A shift towards renewable energy?
How do we achieve the increases in energy production necessary to provide basic energy services in developing countries, yet reduce the environmental impacts of energy use and the total global emissions of climate gases? There is ample evidence that this will imply the necessity for a drastic reduction of energy consumed in the rich countries of the world as well as the rapid uptake of renewable energy (see also theme Consumption, sustainability and wellbeing). In developing countries, a major challenge is how to achieve the shift towards renewable energy in a socially sustainable way, e.g., by taking gender inequality into account.
SUMs research on energy
The research at SUM is aimed at generating new theoretical perspectives on the transformation to more sustainable energy consumption and clean energy production which account for global imbalances in wealth and global responsibilities for climate emissions.