A1 Journal article (refereed)
Responsibilities for just transition to low-carbon societies : a role-based framework (2022)

Kortetmäki, T., & Huttunen, S. (2022). Responsibilities for just transition to low-carbon societies : a role-based framework. Environmental Politics, Early online. https://doi.org/10.1080/09644016.2022.2064690

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Publication details

All authors or editors: Kortetmäki, Teea; Huttunen, Suvi

Journal or series: Environmental Politics

ISSN: 0964-4016

eISSN: 1743-8934

Publication year: 2022

Publication date: 15/04/2022

Volume: Early online

Publisher: Routledge

Publication country: United Kingdom

Publication language: English

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/09644016.2022.2064690

Publication open access: Openly available

Publication channel open access: Partially open access channel

Publication is parallel published (JYX): https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/80797


Low-carbon transitions in industrialised societies will have significant social, economic and environmental impacts, raising concerns of justice. Calls for urgent transitions evoke a question about the roles of different actors in advancing transitions and ensuring they are just. While the responsibilities for emission mitigation have been long discussed, responsibilities for making a just transition have not. The question about responsibilities is particularly pressing because of the diverse constellation of actors involved in climate action, including diverse forms of non-state actors from city-level and business alliances to grassroots activists. We examine the responsibilities of state and non-state actors in the decarbonisation process, asking: what role do different actors play regarding the justice impacts of climate action? We combine sustainability transition studies and political philosophy on roles and responsibilities to create a role-based framework for just transition-related responsibilities of different actors at different spatial scales.

Keywords: climate; carbon dioxide; greenhouse gases; emissions; environmental effects; decrease (active); liability; responsibilities (duties); human agency; justice; sustainable development; climate justice; climate policy

Free keywords: climate justice; climate actors; moral responsibilities; just transition; roles; sustainability transitions

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Reporting Year: 2022

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