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Retrofitting the built environment 'to save' energy: Arbed, the emergence of a distinctive sustainability transition pathway in Wales

De Laurentis, Carla, Eames, Malcolm and Hunt, Miriam 2017. Retrofitting the built environment 'to save' energy: Arbed, the emergence of a distinctive sustainability transition pathway in Wales. Environment and Planning C: Politics and Space 35 (7) , pp. 1156-1175. 10.1177/0263774X16648332

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Abstract

Combining insights from research on systems innovation and sustainable transitions with multi-level governance perspectives, this paper examines the ‘Arbed’ domestic housing retrofit programmes in Wales. In so doing, the paper demonstrates the critical role of sub-national government in the emergence of a distinctive sustainability-oriented pathway for domestic end-use energy demand reduction in Wales, and highlights the multi-level governance challenges involved. The governance processes contributing to this purposive transformation (e.g., policies and institutions; a ‘shared’ normative vision; network building; competencies, resource mobilisation, etc.) are illuminated and how they simultaneously cut across multiple spatial scales is discussed. Rather than simply viewing such transition arenas as simple sites of experimentation, the paper argues that sub-national sustainable energy transitions and pathways are shaped by pressures and opportunities that are mediated by unique place and context-specific conditions that exert influence on the mobilisation of resources, governance capabilities and actor-networks.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Architecture
Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Publisher: Sage Publications
ISSN: 2399-6544
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 7 December 2017
Last Modified: 17 Jul 2019 14:08
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/107129

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