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Bregje van Veelen, photo.

Bregje van Veelen

Associate senior lecturer

Bregje van Veelen, photo.

Pluralizing and problematizing carbon finance

Author

  • Gavin Bridge
  • Harriet Bulkeley
  • Paul Langley
  • Bregje van Veelen

Summary, in English

Growing emphasis on finance as key to decarbonization requires social science research that critically attends to the emergent and diverse forms taken by carbon finance. First, we pluralize research into carbon finance, building on existing work to identify four main forms: carbon markets; ecosystem services; natural capital investment; and, capital allocated to low-carbon enterprises and projects. Second, we propose that research should problematize the processes through which carbon is variously translated into financial value. Illustrated with reference to low-carbon investment in electricity generation, our agenda thereby extends from the difficulties of producing carbon-as-commodity to the uncertainties of constituting carbon-as-asset.

Publishing year

2020-08-01

Language

English

Pages

724-742

Publication/Series

Progress in Human Geography

Volume

44

Issue

4

Document type

Journal article

Publisher

SAGE Publications

Topic

  • Human Geography

Keywords

  • assetization
  • carbon markets
  • commodification
  • ecosystem services
  • low-carbon investment

Status

Published

ISBN/ISSN/Other

  • ISSN: 0309-1325