Some Concluding Comments
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Engineering systems and models that factor social considerations into their design are an important development and can be classified as socio-technical systems. However, factoring in these considerations inevitably raises the questions: Who has the power to make decisions? For whose benefit are decisions made?
The AECP programmes and other examples suggest no technical or economic reason why renewable technologies cannot enable development “leapfrogging” the carbon-emitting stage, at the same time creating outcomes that improve gender equity and social inclusion.
Energy production is an extremely political affair, with powerful and competing vested interests which include governments, private sector corporations and marginalized people, women and men, and their communities. Women also have a vested interest in ensuring public and community control over energy production.
KeywordsSocio-technical Causality Environment Politics Transforming Capitalism
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