The Temporalities of Energy Transition Processes

  • Olivier LabussièreEmail author
  • Alain Nadaï
Part of the Energy, Climate and the Environment book series (ECE)


This chapter provides a critical inquiry into the processes of time-making and agreeing upon collective horizons for the energy transition. A broad range of academic literature looks at the energy transition as an interval, a ‘matter of timing’ (historical drivers, pace of the transition), in which distant futures and anticipatory attitudes steer the way in which to bridge a gap. Different from this, this chapter develops a pragmatic framework which approaches the energy transition as a process of change in which new assemblages and new durations are performed. Analysing different case studies in France and Germany, it shows that ‘nearness’ (recent past and near future) has a major influence on the steering of energy transition processes because it is a disputed zone for selecting, renaming entities from different times, and agreeing upon new enduring assemblages.

List of abbreviations


European Gas Limited




Global Positioning System


Husum shipyard


International Bauausstellung (IBA) Fürst Pückler Land


Lausitzer und Mitteldeutsche Bergbauverwalttungsgesellschaft mbH



This work was carried out with the financial support of the French National Research Agency (ANR, Programme sociétés innovantes, convention 2011-SOIN-003-01, projet COLLENER).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Pacte Social Sciences Research Centre, UGA, CNRS, Science Po GrenobleGrenoble INPGrenobleFrance
  2. 2.Centre International de Recherche sur l’Environnement et le Développement, CIRED-CNRSNogent-sur-MarneFrance

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