Proposing an evaluation framework for energy policy making incorporating equity: Applications in Australia

Chapman, Andrew, McLellan, Benjamin C. and Tezuka, Tetsuo (2016) Proposing an evaluation framework for energy policy making incorporating equity: Applications in Australia. Energy Research and Social Science, 21 54-69. doi:10.1016/j.erss.2016.06.021


Author Chapman, Andrew
McLellan, Benjamin C.
Tezuka, Tetsuo
Title Proposing an evaluation framework for energy policy making incorporating equity: Applications in Australia
Journal name Energy Research and Social Science   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 2214-6296
2214-6326
Publication date 2016-11
Year available 2016
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.erss.2016.06.021
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 21
Start page 54
End page 69
Total pages 16
Place of publication Amsterdam, Netherlands
Publisher Elsevier BV
Collection year 2017
Language eng
Formatted abstract
The sustainability of energy policy performance is determined by a combination of environmental, economic and equity impacts on society. To date, analysis of the equity impacts of energy policy have been largely overlooked in favour of environmental and economic impacts. As equity is an important issue within sustainability and energy justice considerations, this paper sets out to provide a framework and methodology which allows an assessment of both policy effectiveness in terms of an environmental and economic evaluation, followed up by an assessment of resultant quantitative equity impacts on society, in order to engender a holistic policy sustainability evaluation. Following an investigation of prominent energy policy equity issues and Australian peoples preferences towards equity, multiple scenarios are evaluated for effectiveness within the Australian National Electricity Market. The results of this evaluation provide an evidence base for the development of an alternative energy scenario which addresses the identified equity issues whilst meeting policy goals. The equity evaluation demonstrates the comparative equity resultant from each scenario and identifies the apportioning of burden according to income level. The proposed evaluation processes allow the policy maker to develop policies sensitive to both effectiveness and equity, and can be applied in energy justice conscious jurisdictions.
Keyword Equity
Energy policy
Sustainability
Distributive justice
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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Created: Mon, 01 Aug 2016, 14:08:37 EST by Dr Benjamin Craig Mclellan on behalf of Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining