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Sustainable regeneration: a guiding vision towards low-carbon transition?

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posted on 2022-02-28, 13:06 authored by Miriam Hunt, Carla De LaurentisCarla De Laurentis
While the concept of sustainable development brings together concepts of economic, environmental and social sustainability, much has been said regarding inherent tensions between them. Conflicts between economic and environmental objectives, in particular, have been noted as restraining efforts to instigate transitions to environmental sustainability, with growth ambitions limiting environmental policy to “win–win” cases. This paper argues that they can also play complementary roles in managing transitions by creating inclusive visions for rallying actors and resources. This is explored by looking at a case of sustainable regeneration in Wales, UK. Using as a case study the Arbed scheme, an area-based project established in 2009 to retrofit housing stock for energy efficiency, this paper shows how the scheme explicitly addresses economic, environmental and social aspects of sustainability; and, in particular, how sustainable development aims constituted a guiding vision that supported the formation of actor and resource networks necessary for large-scale retrofitting.


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Hunt, M., De Laurentis, C., (2015) 'Sustainable regeneration: a guiding vision towards low carbon transition?', Local Environment, 20 (9), pp.1081–1102

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Carla De Laurentis

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