Keywords: green economics, energy issues, perception, responses, negative externalities, energy costs, energy prices, energy consumption, embedded energy, redistribution, fuel poverty, eco-innovation, regulation, economic instruments, respect, environmental justice, social justice
Energy issue perception, responses and solutions from green economics: a discussion paper
We currently rely on fossilised energy to power society. This comes at a cost, not only in financial terms, and not only to us as human beings, but also in non-financial and non-human terms. Among the concerns of green economists are the cost of energy as opposed to its price, high levels of direct and indirect consumption, the need for a redistribution of energy resources, and engendering a greater respect for the power of energy to change the world. To address the issues associated with energy such that an environmentally and socially just economic system can be developed, an action plan is required. The intention of this paper is to reflect on perceptions of and responses to energy issues, and to develop the elements and direction of an action plan for the energy sector in a green economy.