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Mapping the coevolution of urban energy systems: pathways of change

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  • Yvonne Rydin
  • Catalina Turcu
  • Simon Guy
  • Patrick Austin
<mark>Journal publication date</mark>03/2013
<mark>Journal</mark>Environment and Planning A
Issue number3
Number of pages16
Pages (from-to)634-649
Publication StatusPublished
<mark>Original language</mark>English


The interface of a long-standing movement for sustainability at the urban scale and the imperatives of the carbon-reduction agenda are driving change in urban energy systems. This paper seeks to address the nature of that change and, in particular, to consider how different pathways of change are emerging. To do this it draws on the coevolution and pathways literatures to interrogate a database of current urban energy initiatives within the UK. This analysis reveals the multiple pathways of change though which new modes of energy production and consumption are being developed to deliver carbon reductions through the reconfiguring of urban energy systems. The paper concludes with a discussion of the implications of these changes for urban governance and for carbon reductions.