The project examines how a general transition away from technologies involving the emission of greenhouse gases may be effected.
The study assumes that the policy problem of moving away from hydrocarbon-based technologies and the associated green house gas emissions is a matter of changing from one major technological paradigm to another. A "technological paradigm" refers to the whole complex of scientific knowledge, engineering practices, process technologies, infrastructure, product characteristics, skills and procedures, which make up the totality of a technology.
The project refines what is known about large-scale technological shifts, and applies the results to the policy problems involved in the change of basic energy technologies.
The project consists of three parts :
i) a theoretical component conceptualizing the paradigm shifts;
ii) a historical component describing past paradigm shifts in the use of energy technologies, likely factors involved in the role of public policy ;
ii) an applied component which analyses the diffusion paths of new environment-friendlier energy technologies and explores policy measures to encourage this.
The project identifies the elements of the policy required to bring about a shift from green house gas emitting technologies and thus helps to illuminate one of the components necessary for the transition to sustainability.
Funding SchemeCSC - Cost-sharing contracts
M13 9PL Manchester