Lund et al. (2023): Net zero and the unexplored politics of residual emissions

Jens Friis Lund, Nils Markusson, Wim Carton, Holly Jean Buck IN: Energy Research & Social Science 98, 103035,

In this perspective article, the authors call for more engagement with the unexplored politics of residual emissions. With the mainstreaming of net zero as the long-term goal of climate policy, the politics of residual emissions are set to become a key point of contestation. Claims about residual emissions tend to revolve around notions of necessity and possibility, i.e. emissions that derive from activities deemed socially necessary yet impossible to fully abate. The authors highlight how such claims are socially constructed and ultimately contingent on values, norms and interests.