From decarbonization to low carbon development and transition: A systematic literature review of the conceptualization of moving toward net-zero carbon dioxide emission (1995–2019)

Wimbadi, Ramanditya and Djalante, Riyanti, (2020). From decarbonization to low carbon development and transition: A systematic literature review of the conceptualization of moving toward net-zero carbon dioxide emission (1995–2019). Journal of Cleaner Production, 256 n/a-n/a

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    Author Wimbadi, Ramanditya
    Djalante, Riyanti
    Title From decarbonization to low carbon development and transition: A systematic literature review of the conceptualization of moving toward net-zero carbon dioxide emission (1995–2019)
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    Volume 256
    Publication Date 2020-02-04
    Place of Publication Online
    Publisher Journal of Cleaner Production
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    Language eng
    Abstract The Paris Agreement on climate change has calls for urgent, radical, and transformative actions in mitigation and adaptation, particularly in terms of reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emission. There are many terms used to describe the process of reducing GHGs, including decarbonization, low carbon development (LCD) or low carbon transition (LCT). The conceptualization of these terms remains puzzling and there has not been any consensus to explain the meaning and their interrelationship. Clearer definition and conceptual boundaries are necessary to improve the coherence of overarching practices to cut CO2 emission. The paper aims to review key concepts related to climate change mitigation related to the reduction of CO2and efforts toward net-zero emission in the academic literature, by (1) examining progress of the literature over time, (2) identifying geographical locus and sectoral focus of the literature, (3) determining the interrelationships between the key concepts. We use a Systematic Literature Review (SLR) method for data collection by selecting peer-reviewed literature from Scopus and analyzing the data with content analysis and bibliometric analysis. The findings are, firstly, the publications of the literature are influenced by global and national climate change policies and the interest of scholars affiliated to institutions from major emitter countries. Therefore, the literature is mostly originating from countries that emit the most CO2 while also implement mitigations to reduce CO2 emission. Secondly, China is the country where studies are mostly focused and also where the authors are affiliated/located. However, publications from the United Kingdom are cited the most. Thirdly, there are three clusters of literature found, namely that LCD and LCT are the terms used to identify visions for climate mitigation, while decarbonization is the actions and processes to achieve either LCD or LCT (as the visions).
    Keyword Decarbonization
    Low Carbon Transition
    Climate Change Mitigation
    Low Carbon Development
    Systematic Literature Review
    Copyright Holder The Authors
    Copyright Year 2020
    Copyright type All rights reserved
    ISSN 0959-6526
    DOI 10.1016/j.jclepro.2020.120307
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