The role of values in analyzing energy systems: Insights from moral philosophy, institutional economics, and sociology

Christine Milchram, Carolin Märker, Jürgen Friedrich Hake

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Abstract

In efforts to mitigate climate change, energy systems are undergoing a profound transition towards low-carbon systems. This transition does not only involve changes in energy technologies but importantly it is shaped and incentivized by changes in the rules and regulations that govern energy markets. It is a normative transition, focused at achieving secure, affordable, and sustainable energy provision. In a multidisciplinary approach, this paper proposes a framework that highlights the role of normative principles - i.e. values - in socio-technical systems. Building on the Institutional Analysis and Development (IAD) framework, the analysis explicates how values relate to institutional change in the case of the energy transition.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3741-3747
Number of pages7
JournalEnergy Procedia
Volume158
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Event10th International Conference on Applied Energy, ICAE 2018 - Hong Kong, China
Duration: 22 Aug 201825 Aug 2018

Keywords

  • Energy policy
  • Energy transition
  • IAD framework
  • Institutional analysis
  • Values

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