Carbon Lock-In: Types, Causes, and Policy Implications

  title={Carbon Lock-In: Types, Causes, and Policy Implications},
  author={Karen C. Seto and Steven J. Davis and R. Mitchell and E. Stokes and Gregory C. Unruh and D. {\"u}rge-Vorsatz},
  journal={Annual Review of Environment and Resources},
  • Karen C. Seto, Steven J. Davis, +5 authors D. ürge-Vorsatz
  • Published 2016
  • Economics
  • Annual Review of Environment and Resources
  • Existing technologies, institutions, and behavioral norms together act to constrain the rate and magnitude of carbon emissions reductions in the coming decades. The inertia of carbon emissions due to such mutually reinforcing physical, economic, and social constraints is referred to as carbon lock-in. Carbon lock-in is a special case of path dependency, which is common in the evolution of complex systems. However, carbon lock-in is particularly prone to entrenchment given the large capital… CONTINUE READING
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