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BRIEFING PAPER: “Sunset and sunrise”: Offensive, exploratory, and defensive industry strategies in socio-technical energy transitions
“Sunset and sunrise”: Offensive, exploratory, and defensive industry strategies in socio-technical energy transitions
Industries have a crucial role to play in responding to, influencing, and enabling the socio-technical low-carbon energy transition
Incumbent “sunset” industries are sometimes portrayed as “locked-in” and structurally resistant, but research highlights the diversity of their strategies, which can evolve from defensive, to exploratory, through to offensive as leaders of change
Research and policy attention is needed on the deliberate decline of carbon intensive technologies and practices
Industry and policy makers must seize the right window of opportunity to secure long-term benefits while minimising climate damage and transition costs
Industrial clusters are important sources of multi-stakeholder collaborative actions
Whole systems thinking, framing, narratives and system dynamics modelling are a key tool in helping industry navigate the energy transition
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