EGU General Assembly 2021
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Living Well Within Planetary Limits: is it possible? And what will it take?

Julia Steinberger
Julia Steinberger
  • Lausanne, Institute of Geography and Sustainability, Switzerland (

This talk will report on the multiple research streams resulting from the Living Well Within Limits project. The Living Well Within Limits project investigates the energy requirements of well-being, from quantitative, participatory and provisioning systems perspectives. In this presentation, I will communicate individual and cross-cutting findings from the project, and their implications for the engineering research community. In particular, I will share our most recent results on global energy footprint inequality, implications of redistribution, as well as modelling the minimum energy demand that would provide decent living standards for everyone on earth by 2050. I will show that achieving low-carbon well-being, both from the beneficiary (“consumer”) and supply-chain (producer) sides, involves strong distributional and political elements. Simply researching this area from a technical, social or economic lens is insufficient to draw out the reasons for poor outcomes and most promising avenues for positive change. I thus argue for the active engagement of the research community.

How to cite: Steinberger, J.: Living Well Within Planetary Limits: is it possible? And what will it take?, EGU General Assembly 2021, online, 19–30 Apr 2021, EGU21-8137,, 2021.


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