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      The diffusion of sustainability through community-based climate action collaborations

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            Abstract

            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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            Journal
            UCL Open: Environment Preprint
            UCL Press
            20 April 2022
            Affiliations
            [1 ] University College Cork
            [2 ] Mol Téic, Co. Kerry
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            Article
            10.14324/111.444/000146.v1
            be78a25e-ed52-45aa-aff7-7a570b5b943b

            This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY) 4.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/, which permits unrestricted use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

            Funding
            This research was jointly funded by ESB Networks and Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) through MaREI, the SFI Research Centre for Energy, Climate, and Marine Grant No: 12/RC/2302_P2

            The datasets generated during and/or analysed during the current study are available from the corresponding author on reasonable request.
            Social & Behavioral Sciences,Renewable energy
            engaged research,collaboration,sustainability,socio-technical transitions,climate action,diffusion,community,Dingle Peninsula 2030,Climate,Sustainability

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            Date: 19 July 2022

            Handling Editor: Dr Carla Washbourne

            Editor Decision: Request revision. The Handling Editor requested revisions; the article has been returned to the authors to make this revision.

            2022-07-20 16:32 UTC
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            Date: 12 May 2022

            Handling Editor: Prof Dan Osborn

            This article is a preprint article and has not been peer-reviewed. It is under consideration following submission to UCL Open: Environment for open peer review.

            2022-05-12 13:49 UTC
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