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Deliberative decarbonisation?

Mabon, Leslie; Shackley, Simon; Vercelli, Samuela; Anderlucci, Jonathan; Boot, Kelvin


Leslie Mabon

Simon Shackley

Samuela Vercelli

Jonathan Anderlucci

Kelvin Boot


In this paper we explore the potential of a framework of ethical governance for low-carbon energy. Developing mainly in the field of information and communications technology, ethical governance is concerned with the marginalisation of ethical and moral issues during development and deployment of new technologies. Focusing on early carbon dioxide capture and storage (CCS) projects, we argue that a focus on technical arguments in the governance of low-carbon energy similarly risks sidelining deeper issues such as fairness, justice, and values. We believe an ethical governance approach does have potential for low-carbon energy technologies like CCS, but also that climate change mitigation technologies pose particular challenges for the implementation of ethical governance.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Apr 30, 2015
Journal Environment and planning C: politics and space
Print ISSN 2399-6544
Electronic ISSN 1472-3425
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 33
Issue 2
Pages 256-271
Institution Citation MABON, L., SHACKLEY, S., VERCELLI, S., ANDERLUCCI, J. and BOOT, K. 2015. Deliberative decarbonisation? Assessing the potential of an ethical governance framework for low-carbon energy through the case of carbon dioxide capture and storage. Environment and planning C: politics and space [online], 33(2), pages 256-271. Available from:
Keywords Carbon dioxide capture and storage (CCS); Deliberative democracy; Epistemic justice; Ethical governance; Public engagement


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