Visions, Scenarios and Pathways for Rapid Decarbonisation of Australian Cities by 2040

Chris Ryan, Paul Twomey, Idil Gaziulusoy, Stephen McGrail, Seona Candy, Kirsten Larsen, Michael Trudgeon, Philippa Chandler

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Action on climate change will require significant transformation of the urban infrastructure and living patterns of cities. This transformation will arise from the processes of decarbonising urban/city energy systems as well as disentangling carbon emissions from all the services of provision that enable urban life. Cities are complex technical-physical-ecological-social-cultural systems and transformation presents what is arguably the archetypical ‘wicked’problem where an effort to change one system of provision may generate unexpected (and possibly undesirable) changes in another. This chapter describes a four-year interdisciplinary research and engagement project to elaborate transformative decarbonisation scenarios for four Australian capital cities. The project used visualisation, scenario generation and pathways analysis, with the researchers supported by a panel of almost 250 professionals from business, government and civil society.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDecarbonising the Built Environment: Charting the Transition
EditorsPeter Newton, Deo Prasad, Alistair Sproul, Stephen White
Number of pages22
Place of PublicationSingapore
PublisherSpringer Singapore
Publication date2019
ISBN (Print)978-981-13-7940-6
Publication statusPublished - 2019
MoE publication typeA3 Book chapter

Fields of Science

  • 519 Social and economic geography

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