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Current Alternative Energy


ISSN (Print): 2405-4631
ISSN (Online): 2405-464X

Review Article

Disasters as Catalysts for Energy Transition

Author(s): Kelly D’Alessandro* and Paul Dargusch

Volume 4 , Issue 1 , 2021

Published on: 04 September, 2020

Page: [47 - 54] Pages: 8

DOI: 10.2174/2405463104999200904114514

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The concept of disaster as a positive force for change seems intuitive, but is covered only occasionally in the energy transition literature. We review disaster risk and recovery literature to assess how these types of transformations may be different, and provide a change pathway within the popular Multi-Level Perspective framework. While incumbent systems are, by definition, stable (making change difficult), disaster can override these challenges by providing simultaneous disruption at all structure levels. By exceeding the capacity of the regime and its established processes and practices, disaster provides an opportunity to reformat social structures through reconstruction and recovery processes. Importantly, significant disruption has the ability to plasticize the landscape for a short timeframe, with potential change within a finite deviation from existing trends. During this disruptive period, the regime and landscape become co-dependent, with any meso-level void filled by a combination of new and reconstructed fragments, working to restore the stability of the foundation. The new regime must then satisfy the resultant set of socially dictated conditions set by the revised landscape to maintain the new structure. The challenge then is not to be restrained by the swift recovery of the previous regime, and to form a new set of conditions to deliver improved outcomes that better balance the needs of natural and anthropogenic systems.

Keywords: Disaster, energy transition, landscape transformationmulti-level perspective, social networks, system disruption, climate.

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