Open Access Week 2022 – Climate Justice: “Open for Climate Justice"

“Open for Climate Justice” is the theme for this year’s International Open Access Week (October 24-30). Open Access Week is an invaluable chance to connect the global momentum toward the open sharing of knowledge with the advancement of policy changes and the importance of social issues affecting people around the world.

As stated on "Climate Justice is an explicit acknowledgement that the climate crisis has far-reaching effects, and the impacts are “not be[ing] borne equally or fairly, between rich and poor, women and men, and older and younger generations,” as the UN notes. These power imbalances also affect communities’ abilities to produce, disseminate, and use knowledge around the climate crisis. Openness can create pathways to more equitable knowledge sharing and serve as a means to address the inequities that shape the impacts of climate change and our response to them. This year’s focus on Climate Justice seeks to encourage connection and collaboration among the climate movement and the international open community. Sharing knowledge is a human right, and tackling the climate crisis requires the rapid exchange of knowledge across geographic, economic, and disciplinary boundaries". 

Elsevier is proud to share these Open Access journal articles related to this extremely important theme of Climate justice. 


Energy and Buildings, Volume 264, 1 June 2022

The Paris Agreement goal of stabilizing temperature below 1.5C calls for a reduction of global energy consumption. Energy Efficiency policies are necessary but not sufficient to reduce energy consumption. Energy Conservation and Energy Sufficiency Policies complement Energy Efficiency policies, together they can reduce energy demand. The article presents some existing and new policies which address sufficiency. There is the need for coherent policy package with different types of policy instruments addressing efficiency and sufficiency.

Building and Environment, Volume 216, 15 May 2022

Reflects upon emergent challenges and opportunities of developing Positive Energy Districts (PEDs) in Europe. Combines attention to rapid implementation, context-specificity and replicability. Identifies three key themes to enable conditions for upscaling PEDs across contexts. The key themes are: framework conditions, prefiguration and emerging impact of PEDs. Combines expertise of PED-EU-NET core group, spanning PED initiatives across Europe.

Sustainable Cities and Society, Volume 77, February 2022

Urban climate change agenda furthered by aligning adaptation plans with development goals. Near-term benefits delivered by aligning adaptation, mitigation and development. Synergistic adaptation-mitigation planning leads to inclusion of co-benefits and avoidance of trade-offs. Informal networks can enhance coordination required for co-benefit approaches.

Building and Environment, Volume 207, January 2022

Two green gown award winning buildings, built in 2004 and 2017, were investigated. Features include rainwater harvesting, sensing and photovoltaic panel systems. Sustainability features delivered only 28–71% of their potential resource savings. The performance gaps were due to technical, human, and economic factors.

Energy and Buildings, Volume 241, 15 June 2021

The pre-use stage (construction) emissions of buildings occur in a short time. Wooden buildings seem to emit less compared to concrete ones in pre-use stage according to LCA. Green building certificates need to consider embodied emissions more exhaustively.

The Lancet Regional Health - Americas, Volume 11, July 2022

A Viewpoint on the interplay between social, climate, and health challenges in Latin America and the Caribbean, in the context of SDGs 3, 10, and 13, highlighting the need to address these challenges with adaption and mitigation policies that prioritise people's health and wellbeing.

The Lancet Planetary Health, Volume 6, July 2022

A Personal View in support of SDGs 3 and 13, summarising the current evidence on climate change and mental health, and outlining opportunities for methodological improvement and innovation in this research field.

The Lancet Global Health, Volume 10, July 2022

A Viewpoint in support of SDGs 3, 13, and 17, proposing a range of strategies for developing a 'public health playbook', to counter the 'corporate playbook' used by powerful commercial actors to protect their business interests at the expense of population health and wellbeing, including numerous health-harming and planet-harming industries, such as tobacco, alcohol, gambling, pharmaceuticals, ultraprocessed foods and beverages, firearms and weapons, automobiles, social media and technology, oil and gas, and chemicals.

The Lancet Global Health, Volume 10, June 2022

A Series paper in the context of SDGs 11 and 12, analysing healthy city planning policy indicators for 25 cities across 19 countries, highlighting the need to strengthen policy frameworks for health-enhancing city planning, particularly in low-income and middle-income countries.