A1 Journal article (refereed)
Responsibilities for just transition to low-carbon societies : a role-based framework (2023)

Kortetmäki, T., & Huttunen, S. (2023). Responsibilities for just transition to low-carbon societies : a role-based framework. Environmental Politics, 32(2), 249-270. https://doi.org/10.1080/09644016.2022.2064690

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All authors or editorsKortetmäki, Teea; Huttunen, Suvi

Journal or seriesEnvironmental Politics



Publication year2023

Publication date15/04/2022


Issue number2

Pages range249-270


Publication countryUnited Kingdom

Publication languageEnglish


Publication open accessOpenly available

Publication channel open accessPartially 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.

Keywordsclimatecarbon dioxidegreenhouse gasesemissionsenvironmental effectsdecrease (active)liabilityresponsibilities (duties)human agencyjusticesustainable developmentclimate justiceclimate policy

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

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Ministry reportingYes

Reporting Year2022

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