Journal article

Energy descent as a post-carbon transition scenario: How ‘knowledge humility’ reshapes energy futures for post-normal times

J Floyd, S Alexander, M Lenzen, P Moriarty, G Palmer, S Chandra-Shekeran, B Foran, L Keyßer

Futures | Elsevier | Published : 2020


© 2020 Elsevier Ltd Many studies have concluded that the current global economy can transition from fossil fuels to be powered entirely by renewable energy. While supporting such transition, we critique analysis purporting to conclusively demonstrate feasibility. Deep uncertainties remain about whether renewables can maintain, let alone grow, the range and scale of energy services presently provided by fossil fuels. The more optimistic renewable energy studies rely upon assumptions that may be theoretically or technically plausible, but which remain highly uncertain when real-world practicalities are accounted for. This places investigation of energy-society futures squarely in the domain of..

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