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    A new SDG-based framework to analyse the diffusion of sustainability
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    The diffusion of sustainability through community-based climate action collaborations

    Dingle Peninsula 2030 or Corca Dhuibhne 2030 (Irish translation), is a collaborative project which is seeking to transition a region in the peripheral south-west of Ireland to a low-carbon, sustainable community by 2030. The project has employed a novel governance structure through the formation of a collaborative committee. This committee consists of representatives of a local not-for-profit (Mol Téic), a local community development organisation (NEWKD), Ireland’s national electricity distribution system operator (ESB Networks), and our research institute (MaREI). This transdisciplinary configuration is grounded within the local community, whilst also having capacity at a national level. Despite emerging as recently as 2018, Dingle Peninsula 2030 acts as a community based, transdisciplinary collaboration that has had impact both at a local community level, and on a wider national and international stage. The project has gathered national media coverage, been designated as a living laboratory by the United Nations, and has a sent a delegation to COP-26 to discuss the role of community based initiatives for climate action. Here, we represent the local community impact of Dingle Peninsula 2030, to date. Central to this representation is the concept of the diffusion of sustainability, across a range of sectors including energy, transport, agriculture, education, tourism and employment . The concept of the diffusion of sustainability is outlined in the paper as a means through which to categories the holistic impact which community led climate action projects can facilitate across a range of sectors.

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      Social & Behavioral Sciences,Renewable energy
      engaged research,diffusion,climate action,collaboration,Dingle Peninsula 2030,socio-technical transitions,Climate,community,sustainability,Sustainability

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      This article proposes a new framework based on SDG to analyse the diffusion of sustainability of a given project.

      I think the topic is of a great importance for the audience of UCL Open Environment. However, I propose the following changes for the article to be improved:

      1. The introduction may focus less on the historical review of the diffusion of sustainability schools and more or current projects that have been implemented worldwide and that have used or could use SDG to analyse the diffusion of sustainability. The authors can provide real life examples to allow the reader undestand the context the proposed approach can be applied to.

      2. The whole article would better read if structured as a case study. As it is currently written, it is not immediately clear that the article presents a case study to propose a new framework. I suggest to include the Dingle Peninsula 2030 programme in thte tile and to orient the introduction towards the analysis of this programme, too.


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