Energy Scenarios and Justice for Future Humans : An Application of the Capabilities Approach to the Case of Swedish Energy Politics

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Publication Article, peer reviewed scientific
Title Energy Scenarios and Justice for Future Humans : An Application of the Capabilities Approach to the Case of Swedish Energy Politics
Author Kronlid, David ; Melin, Anders
Date 2019
English abstract
Energy production and consumption give rise to issues of justice towards future humans. By analysing a specific case – Swedish energy politics - this article contributes to the discussion of how consideration for future humans should affect energy policy-making. It outlines three different energy scenarios for the period 2035-2065 - the nuclear-renewables, the renewables-low and the renewables-high scenarios – and assesses them from viewpoint of justice to future individuals by using the Capabilities Approach as a normative framework. We cannot make a definite assessment of the different scenarios due to the great uncertainties involved in determining the impacts on individuals living between 2035-2065 and individuals being born thereafter, but we still conclude that we have certain reasons to prefer the renewables-low scenario since it avoids certain risks connected with the other scenarios. The economic growth in this scenario is lower than in the others scenarios, but we question whether this is a disadvantage from the point of view of the capabilities approach.
DOI https://doi.org/10.5324/eip.v13i1.2749 (link to publisher's fulltext.)
Link http://dx.doi.org/10.5324/eip.v13i1.2749 .Icon
Publisher Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Host/Issue Etikk i praksis : Nordic Journal of Applied Ethics;1
Volume 13
ISSN 1890-4009
Language eng (iso)
Subject energy scenarios
justice
future generations
capabilities approach
Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::HUMANITIES and RELIGION
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/29687 Permalink to this page
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