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Special Issue "The Oil and Gas Industry and Climate Change: Role and Implications"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 December 2021) | Viewed by 682

Special Issue Editor

Department of Sociology and Social Research, University of Milan-Bicocca, Milan, Italy
Interests: climate change policy and politics; climate governance; climate ethics; sustainability transformations

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

This Special Issue aims to address a fast-growing concern in the academic and non-academic debate on climate change, namely: the role of the oil and gas industry, as well as the consequent implications for climate policy and politics, and for the governance of climate change.

By indiscriminately flooding the global economy with fossil fuels, oil and gas companies are the driving force behind the current carbon-intensive socio-economic system. Yet, they have somehow managed to dodge the bullet, so to speak—they have adroitly avoided being recognized for their role in it. To clarify, this Special Issue does not aim to downplay the role of other agents, like states, consumers, civil society, businesses, and stakeholders various, who must all contribute to defining the much-needed initiatives in order to support climate efforts. However, a novel, more effective approach for dealing with the disastrous consequences of the climate crisis should call attention to the significant role the oil and gas industry has played in engendering the climate problem, and place a burden on it to urgently help redress the situation accordingly.

In this vein, the Special Issue seeks articles that address this complex and multifaceted topic. In particular, works that consider the following:

  1. explore the contribution of the oil and gas industry to climate change in terms of tangible and intangible facts, which range from carbon emissions, to climate denial, to the actions that obstructed climate policy;
  2. investigate the responsibilities that, based on its contribution, the oil and gas industry should shoulder in relation to climate change;
  3. clarify the implications of such responsibilities on climate policy and the practical actions and strategies that they require of both private and public oil and gas companies, if they want to retain their social license to operate in a climate-shaken world.

Prof. Marco Grasso
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Sustainability is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2400 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • Climate change
  • Oil and gas industry
  • Greenhouse gas emissions
  • Denial
  • Responsibilities
  • Climate policy and politics
  • Climate governance
  • Energy transformation

Published Papers

There is no accepted submissions to this special issue at this moment.
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