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Energy Ethics, Justice and SDG7

Part of the Encyclopedia of the UN Sustainable Development Goals book series (ENUNSDG)


Ethics of energy


Energy Ethics

Definition 1 (descriptive): The study of how different human groups relate to energy depending on their cultural traits and geographical contexts. It includes the study of different worldviews and perspectives on energy, often described as a cultural construct. It describes the various ways in which human beings approach and experience energy infrastructures and technologies, detailing their cultural values and moral preferences and highlighting their situated, lived experience. Typically adopted by historians and social scientists (i.e., anthropologists, sociologists).

Definition 2 (prescriptive): The philosophical study of the moral dimensions of energy related matters as a systematic theoretical investigation that analyzes energy systems, policies, and actions, evaluates stakeholders’ values, judges the ethical worth and merit of energy-related actions (i.e., good/bad, right/wrong), and prescribes preferable or optimal courses of...

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Frigo, G., Hillerbrand, R. (2021). Energy Ethics, Justice and SDG7. In: Leal Filho, W., Azul, A.M., Brandli, L., Lange Salvia, A., Wall, T. (eds) Affordable and Clean Energy. Encyclopedia of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Springer, Cham.

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