Welcome to the website of the Chair in Decarbonization!
The Chair in Decarbonization is a strategic research unit of ESG-UQAM whose objective is to build bridges between the different analytical and methodological approaches to research on decarbonization, including: research on its technical aspects such as econometrics and modeling of transport, energy or land use systems, research focused on the comparative politics of decarbonization and finally research on global cooperation in climate policy.
Decarbonization consists of reconfiguring socio-economic systems centered on fossil fuels and on unsustainable land use in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Decarbonization therefore involves significant changes in the social, technical, economic and political systems that underpin modern societies while proposing new forms of development that could serve as models for developing societies.
The Chair aims to improve understanding of the social, economic and political conditions favoring decarbonization activities in both developed and developing countries, focusing on the similarities and differences between jurisdictions, cities and supply chains. It also aims to link the analytical and methodological approaches of the social sciences, natural sciences, engineering as well as communities of practice, by creating a network of collaborating partners in Quebec, Canada and internationally.