Pathways to Deep Carbonization. Matt Hoffman

University of Toronto Professor Hoffmann describes ongoing collaborative research and answers audience questions regarding attempts to conceptualize how climate governance experiments are working towards decarbonization. Hoffmann contends that politics and political dynamics are the lynchpin for conceptualizing how to disrupt carbon “lock-in” and foster pathways to decarbonization. Further, carbon lock-in is not a single system that needs disruption. On the contrary, the carbon ‘system’ that we experience is the result of multiple, interlocking systems that exist at multiple levels. This interlocking nature of the system offers opportunities because efforts at relatively small-scales have the potential to catalyze decarbonization at broader levels.

February 24, 2015