Cardiff University | Prifysgol Caerdydd ORCA
Online Research @ Cardiff 
WelshClear Cookie - decide language by browser settings

Sustainability transitions and policy dismantling: Zero carbon housing in the UK

O'Neill, Kirstie ORCID: and Gibbs, David 2020. Sustainability transitions and policy dismantling: Zero carbon housing in the UK. Geoforum 108 , pp. 119-129. 10.1016/j.geoforum.2019.11.011

[thumbnail of K O'Neill 2019 sustainability transitions post print.pdf] PDF - Accepted Post-Print Version
Download (505kB)


In this paper we examine the failure of the zero carbon homes agenda in the UK and argue that it represents a case of policy dismantling, where a range of policies and programmes have been introduced, revised and then removed by government. We bring together the sustainability transitions literature with the literature on policy dismantling, regime resistance and regime detractors, and suggest that the zero carbon housing agenda in the UK offers useful insights into the politics of sustainability transitions. We identify three phases of policy change, from policy expansion, symbolic dismantling and eventual active policy dismantling. In the conclusions we offer some suggestions on processes of policy dismantling and what this might mean for future sustainability transitions given the significant contributions of buildings to greenhouse gas emissions and the urgent need for rapid low carbon transitions.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Geography and Planning (GEOPL)
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 0016-7185
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 28 November 2019
Date of Acceptance: 16 November 2019
Last Modified: 27 May 2024 19:41

Citation Data

Cited 16 times in Scopus. View in Scopus. Powered By Scopus® Data

Actions (repository staff only)

Edit Item Edit Item


Downloads per month over past year

View more statistics