Energy decisions reframed as justice and ethical concerns

PDF Document

It appears your Web browser is not configured to display PDF files. Download adobe Acrobat or click here to download the PDF file.


Creative Commons Licence


Contributed date

June 9, 2020 - 3:07pm

Critical Commentary

This scholarly journal article synthesizes the mechanisms required to bolster a more inclusive energy landscape. These concerns lay out the core elements attempting to eliminate energy vulnerabilities by identifying the root of these injustices.

The framework utilizes encompassing factors that explore the overarching themes, such as procedural justice, to consider energy policy stakeholders’ ability to address and process decisions that affect environmental concerns. Environmental justice is tied to energy justice perspectives because of the social impacts they have through pollution, environmental degradation and infrastructural decisions that displace people through implementation of policies to extract, transport, and consume energy resources.

The second encompassing factor that helps to explicate energy justice concerns discusses energy poverty as a violation of distributive justice. This concerns climate change and future generations' ability to retain current levels of technological capacity and reduce climate impacts that would put them in danger.

To mitigate energy poverty and vulnerability through a framework of justice, these solutions must mitigate problems related to distribution of cost and the distribution of benefits across the global energy landscape.

These concepts and tools are built upon justice theory and can be applied to the energy justice framework in much the same way as social justice issues and human rights concerns


Sovacool, B. K., Heffron, R. J., McCauley, D., & Goldthau, A. (2016). Energy decisions reframed as justice and ethical concerns. Nature Energy1(5), 1-6.



Group Audience

  • - Private group -

Cite as

Sovacool, B. K., Heffron, R. J., McCauley, D., & Goldthau and A., "Energy decisions reframed as justice and ethical concerns", contributed by James Gall, The Energy Rights Project, Platform for Experimental Collaborative Ethnography, last modified 9 June 2020, accessed 13 July 2024.