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Commentary to “Ac-counting for carbon emissions: simulating absence through experimental sites of material politics”

Commentary to “Ac-counting for carbon emissions: simulating absence through experimental sites of... PurposeThis paper aims to elaborate on the concept of avoided emissions, as a topical issue in the carbon accounting debate, both in practice and in academia. It is a commentary on the paper by Revellino (2019) who analyses an avoided emissions technology in the transport sector.Design/methodology/approachThis is a commentary based on secondary data analysis.FindingsThis commentary reviews the history of quantification for avoided emissions and elaborates on three major challenges that project using “avoided emissions” face. This commentary is also a reflection on why avoided emissions calculations are needed in a world of transition, and how this leads to the concept being used and abused while being central to the building of new foundations.Practical implicationsThe commentary flags a few areas that could be research focus areas in future.Social implicationsThis paper can lead to changes in the public perception of “avoided emissions” and corporate claims around emission avoidance.Originality/valueThis commentary outlines clear avenues for research, asking notably to reflect on the acceptable uses and acceptable claims related to avoided emissions. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Sustainability Accounting, Management and Policy Journal Emerald Publishing

Commentary to “Ac-counting for carbon emissions: simulating absence through experimental sites of material politics”

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © Emerald Group Publishing Limited
ISSN
2040-8021
DOI
10.1108/SAMPJ-07-2019-0249
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Abstract

PurposeThis paper aims to elaborate on the concept of avoided emissions, as a topical issue in the carbon accounting debate, both in practice and in academia. It is a commentary on the paper by Revellino (2019) who analyses an avoided emissions technology in the transport sector.Design/methodology/approachThis is a commentary based on secondary data analysis.FindingsThis commentary reviews the history of quantification for avoided emissions and elaborates on three major challenges that project using “avoided emissions” face. This commentary is also a reflection on why avoided emissions calculations are needed in a world of transition, and how this leads to the concept being used and abused while being central to the building of new foundations.Practical implicationsThe commentary flags a few areas that could be research focus areas in future.Social implicationsThis paper can lead to changes in the public perception of “avoided emissions” and corporate claims around emission avoidance.Originality/valueThis commentary outlines clear avenues for research, asking notably to reflect on the acceptable uses and acceptable claims related to avoided emissions.

Journal

Sustainability Accounting, Management and Policy JournalEmerald Publishing

Published: Oct 29, 2019

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