Constructions of the carbon city

Will Eadson

in The Future of Sustainable Cities

Published by Policy Press

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9781847426673
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447305545 | DOI:
Constructions of the carbon city

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This chapter explores the ways in which cities and carbon are both being reconfigured to create ‘carbon spaces’ through calculative practices. This involves a process of extracting carbon from its (local) material properties, generating an abstract ‘global’ carbon system, and then re-territorialising through the development of an object known as the ‘carbon city’. These objects are being constructed by the state at different levels, from locally led foot printing exercises to nationally led targeting regimes. The chapter focuses on the latter, with an empirical exploration of carbon reduction targets in Local Area Agreements in the UK. The investigation exposes the politics of such calculative regimes, including the ways in which the ‘local’ is defined by centralised governing actors; the reproduction of spatial inequalities within the target setting process; and the isolation of spatially diffuse processes at particular points in space. This contributes to a wider literature regarding the politics of carbon control as an emergent agenda in eco-state restructuring.

Keywords: calculation; carbon; cities; local area agreements; state

Chapter.  9165 words. 

Subjects: Urban and Rural Studies

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