Sustainability transitions and net-zero: New challenges for research and policy

January 18, 2022


Type Lecture
Intended for General public / Enrolled students / Applying students / International students / Alumni / Companies / University students / Academic and Administrative Staff
Date(s) January 26, 2022 16:45 — 17:45
Location Online
Capacity 300 people
Entrance Fee No charge
Registration Method Advance registration required
Registration Form
Registration Period January 11, 2022 — January 25, 2022
Contact Secretariat, Institute for Future Initiatives, The University of Tokyo
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IFI Seminar Series on Sustainability Transitions
"Sustainability transitions and net-zero: New challenges for research and policy"

The net-zero energy transition is an extraordinary societal challenge. It requires a swift, radical and economy wide transformation. In this talk, I will introduce sustainability transitions, a novel perspective to study major socio-technical changes at large scales. I will also discuss the challenges that lie ahead for the transition to net-zero. Currently, we see two developments that are new: low-carbon electrification across multiple sectors (e.g., transport, buildings) and new strategies (e.g., hydrogen or lifestyle changes) to tackle ‘difficult-to-decarbonize’ industries such as aviation, shipping or steel production. These recent developments create new challenges for research and policy making.

Dr. Jochen Markard
Institute of Sustainable Development, Zurich University of Applied Sciences; Department of Management, Technology and Economics, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich, Switzerland

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