DOI: 10.12924/cis2016.04020015 |Publication Date: 12 December 2016
A Review of 'Energy and Transport in Green Transition: Perspectives on Ecomodernity'
David Harnesk 1, 2
|1 Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies, Lund, Sweden|
|2 Lund University Centre of Excellence for the Integration of the Social and Natural Dimensions of Sustainability, Lund, Sweden|
Abstract: The book “Energy and Transport in Green Transitions – Perspectives on Ecomodernity” deals with the societally and scientifically crucial topic of energy and climate change mitigation. The book starts by setting high ambitions as the authors attempt “to go beyond both the extremism of the anti-capitalist critique and the radical enthusiasm of techno-economic positivism” in their exploration to find ways to resolve political, economic and technological entanglements “to boost a greener economy and culture”. It aims to so through a regional comparative study that looks at mature Western economies, the rapidly developing China, and the developing economies in sub-Saharan Africa. The authors present an excellent descriptive historical review for those interested in the broader picture of energy production and automobile sector in the regions addressed. However, in an attempt to cover as much ground as possible while assuring "maximum accessibility”, the authors' explanation of the dynamics of change involved is not conveyed in an analytically convincing manner.
Keywords: climate change; economy; energy; mitigation; modernity; transport