In order to tackle with climate change and to promote sustainable solutions that will allow societies to avoid further environmental degradation and to improve wellbeing and quality of life, a transition is needed from the current carbon-based economy towards a sustainable, inclusive, resource-efficient society. Such a transition involves multiple actors, solutions and involves interventions across multiple scales. Sustainable solutions that have the potential to transform existing societies are created and scaled by local community-based initiatives and question existing governance arrangements at different levels.
In this conference we will discuss:
• What are impacts of local community-based initiatives in sustainability transitions to low carbon societies e.g. in terms of climate change mitigation?
• What methods and tools can assess the impact of local action to sustainability transitions in a quantitative way?
• How can combining insights from scenario studies and socio-technical analyses advance the understanding of sustainability transitions to low carbon societies?
• What are implications for governance of low-carbon sustainability transitions from local community-based initiatives? What are the implications for governance forms?
The conference, organized by the EU research projects ARTS, PATHWAYS and TESS, and will bring together scientists, stakeholders, and policy-makers to stimulate exchange of knowledge by interactive discussions and debates on social innovation, transition initiatives, and scenario analyses for sustainability transitions to low-carbon societies.
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