About the Project
Austria was one of the first countries, both globally and within the EU, to ratify the Paris Agreement, and as such signalled its intention to contribute to the realization of a low-carbon or even carbonfree society. However, carrying this out will be no easy matter: the transition to a low-carbon society will require rather radical change (Rockström et al., 2017). Indeed, it is not too much to say that the transformation to a low-carbon society has the potential to substantially alter the societal landscape in Austria. More specifically, and as noted in the call, implementing this transformation will inter alia have significant ethical, economic and legal impacts. It therefore becomes essential to analyse those impacts and to develop tools for evaluating how best to manage the transition to a low-carbon society.
This project brings together researchers in moral and political philosophy, economics and law in order to contribute to precisely that essential task. These disciplinary perspectives are central to evaluating the transition because the transition will necessarily raise questions in domains that those disciplines address.
Therefore, the proposed project brings together the required disciplines of philosophy, economics and law for an integrated analysis. To sum up the aim of the project in one sentence: it proposes to contribute to identifying ethically defensible, legally valid, and economically efficient ways of implementing the transformation to a low-carbon society.
One of main purposes of the project is the research in legitimate expectations through the integration of the three disciplines in an intellectually meaningful way.
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