Sustainability transitions towards low-carbon societies

In order to tackle with climate change and to promote sustainable solutions that will allow societies to avoid further environmental degradation and to improve wellbeing and quality of life, a transition is needed from the current carbon-based economy towards a sustainable, inclusive, resource-efficient society. Such a transition involves multiple actors, solutions and involves interventions across multiple scales. Sustainable solutions that have the potential to transform existing societies are created and scaled by local community- based initiatives and question existing governance arrangements at different levels.

In this conference we discussed:

  • What are impacts of local community-based initiatives in sustainability transitions to low carbon societies e.g. in terms of climate change mitigation?
  • What methods and tools can assess the impact of local action to sustainability transitions in a quantitative way?
  • How can combining insights from scenario studies and socio-technical analyses advance the understanding of sustainability transitions to low carbon societies? What are implications for governance of low-carbon sustainability transitions from
  • What are implications for governance of low-carbon sustainability transitions from local community- based initiatives? What are the implications for governance forms?

The conference, organized by the EU research projects ARTS, PATHWAYS and TESS, and brought together scientists, stakeholders, and policy-makers to stimulate exchange of knowledge by interactive discussions and debates on social innovation, transition initiatives, and scenario analyses for sustainability transitions to low-carbon societies.

You find more information click here.

In the video below, Poet Emily Hinshelwood reflects on the final conference.

TESS @ 14th European Week of Regions and Cities

In collaboration with the European Commission, TESS and its two sister projects ARTS and PATHWAYS organised the session “Cities as actors of open innovation: Accelerating Transition towards Sustainable and Low-carbon Societies” during the 14th European Week of Regions and Cities (10-13 October 2016 in Brussels).
The workshop took place on 11 October, 14.30-17.00h
Venue: European Commission, Centre Borschette, Room 0C.

You find more information on the programme and speaker here.