JOURNAL: Leading the post-industrial revolution? Policy windows, issue linkage and decarbonisation dynamics in the UK’s net-zero strategy (2010–2022)

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Authors:

Benjamin K Sovacool
Marfuga Iskandarova
Frank W Geels

Boston University
Aarhus University
University of Sussex
University of Manchester

Leading the post-industrial revolution? Policy windows, issue linkage and decarbonisation dynamics in the UK’s net-zero strategy (2010–2022)

Industrial and Corporate Change

April 2024

This paper explores ongoing policy windows and efforts to decarbonise both the Humber and Merseyside, two clusters leading national net-zero ambitions, with actual, enforceable timetables to achieve decarbonisation. Investigating the efforts undertaken by these two regions to decarbonise industry offers insight into the “green gold rush” and nascent business opportunities in the carbon economy, including large-scale investment of capital into the policies nominally designed to tackle climate change. The study also sheds light on the coevolution of policy windows and issue linkage as net-zero ambitions solidify.