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Carbon Neutrality and Sustainability

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Sustainable Engineering and Science".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 January 2021) | Viewed by 821

Special Issue Editor

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Guest Editor
Environmental Studies Program, Hamilton College, Clinton, NY, USA
Interests: sustainability science; human dimensions of climate change; climate risk and resilience

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

With the proliferation of national and subnational governments, non-profit organizations, corporations, and institutions of higher education all pledging to become carbon-neutral, carbon-positive (or carbon-negative), or to achieve net-zero emissions, what role do these pledges serve in advancing mitigation solutions in the face of the climate crisis? Specifically, neutrality pledges have emerged as a salient component of corporate and individual sustainability and climate mitigation policies but often lack substantive details of how emissions reductions will be achieved and include heavy reliance on carbon offsets. We invite papers that explore the technical dimensions and social and political implications of the use of carbon neutrality—and carbon footprint calculation in general—as a framework for achieving a sustainable future. We encourage a specific focus on the navigation of individual vs. collective responsibility and on the lifecycle analyses and technical assumptions underpinning this approach. Papers selected for this Special Issue are subject to a rigorous peer review with the aim of rapid and wide dissemination of research results and applications.

Prof. Dr. Aaron Strong
Guest Editor

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  • carbon footprints
  • carbon neutrality
  • carbon-positive
  • decarbonization
  • net-zero
  • carbon storage and sequestration
  • carbon accounting
  • additionality
  • offsets
  • just transition
  • life cycle analysis

Published Papers

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