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Stigson, P. & Dahlquist, E. (2017). Policies and incentives - natural resources available today and in the future: How to perform change management for achieving a sustainable world. In: Natural Resources Available Today and in the Future: How to Perform Change Management for Achieving a Sustainable World (pp. 269-280). Springer International Publishing
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Policies and incentives - natural resources available today and in the future: How to perform change management for achieving a sustainable world
2017 (English)In: Natural Resources Available Today and in the Future: How to Perform Change Management for Achieving a Sustainable World, Springer International Publishing , 2017, p. 269-280Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Springer International Publishing, 2017
National Category
Economics and Business
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-37311 (URN)10.1007/978-3-319-54263-8_10 (DOI)2-s2.0-85033343710 (Scopus ID)9783319542638 (ISBN)9783319542614 (ISBN)
Available from: 2017-11-23 Created: 2017-11-23 Last updated: 2017-11-23Bibliographically approved
Bulut, M. B., Odlare, M., Stigson, P., Wallin, F. & Vassileva, I. (2016). Active buildings in smart grids - Exploring the views of the Swedish energy and buildings sectors. Energy and Buildings, 117, 185-198
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Active buildings in smart grids - Exploring the views of the Swedish energy and buildings sectors
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2016 (English)In: Energy and Buildings, ISSN 0378-7788, E-ISSN 1872-6178, Vol. 117, p. 185-198Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The development of smart grids is expected to shift the role of buildings in power networks from passive consumers to active players that trade on power markets in real-time and participate in the operation of networks. Although there are several studies that report on consumer views on buildings with smart grid features, there is a gap in the literature about the views of the energy and buildings sectors, two important sectors for the development. This study fills this gap by presenting the views of key stakeholders from the Swedish energy and buildings sectors on the active building concept with the help of interviews and a web survey. The findings indicate that the active building concept is associated more with energy use flexibility than self-generation of electricity. The barriers to development were identified to be primarily financial due to the combination of the current low electricity prices and the high costs of technologies. Business models that reduce the financial burdens and risks related to investments can contribute to the development of smart grid technologies in buildings, which, according to the majority of respondents from the energy and buildings sectors, are to be financed by housing companies and building owners. 

Keywords
Active building, Buildings sector, Demand response, Energy sector, Smart grid
National Category
Energy Engineering
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-31304 (URN)10.1016/j.enbuild.2016.02.017 (DOI)000373751300019 ()2-s2.0-84959252105 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2016-03-17 Created: 2016-03-17 Last updated: 2018-01-30Bibliographically approved
Bulut, M. B., Wallin, F., Stigson, P. & Vassileva, I. (2016). Cooperation for climate-friendly developments: An analysis of the relationship between the energy and buildings sectors in Sweden. Energy Efficiency, 9(2), 353-370
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Cooperation for climate-friendly developments: An analysis of the relationship between the energy and buildings sectors in Sweden
2016 (English)In: Energy Efficiency, ISSN 1570-646X, E-ISSN 1570-6478, Vol. 9, no 2, p. 353-370Article, review/survey (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Buildings account for more than 40 % of the total energy demand in the European Union (EU). The energy sector is responsible for 80 % of the total greenhouse gas emissions in the EU, of which more than a third are emitted as a result of energy use in buildings. Given these numbers and the large potential for energy savings in buildings, the energy and buildings sectors emerged as key contributors to fulfilling the European climate targets. Effective cooperation between these two key sectors can contribute significantly to the efficacy of the European climate strategy. However, there may be factors that negatively impact the relationship between the energy and buildings sectors and put cooperation in climate-friendly developments at risk. Based on 23 semi-structured interviews and a web survey answered by key stakeholders, this paper provides a snapshot of the current level of cooperation between the energy and buildings sectors in Sweden and identifies factors that impact the interdependencies between the two sectors.

The findings show that the current business models in energy supply and the regulations in place limit the development of mutually beneficial cases between the energy and buildings sectors. This paper contributes to improved knowledge for policymaking that affects both sectors and highlights issues for further study.

Keywords
Buildings sector; energy sector; energy efficiency
National Category
Energy Engineering
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-28689 (URN)10.1007/s12053-015-9369-8 (DOI)000373148300006 ()2-s2.0-84931846830 (Scopus ID)
Funder
Swedish Research Council Formas, 244-2011-231
Available from: 2015-08-11 Created: 2015-08-11 Last updated: 2017-11-30Bibliographically approved
Stigson, P., Haikola, S., Hansson, A. & Buhr, K. (2016). Prospects for Swedish acceptance of carbon dioxide storage in the Baltic Sea: Learning from other energy projects. Greenhouse Gases: Science and Technology, 6(2), 188-196
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Prospects for Swedish acceptance of carbon dioxide storage in the Baltic Sea: Learning from other energy projects
2016 (English)In: Greenhouse Gases: Science and Technology, E-ISSN 2152-3878, ISSN 21523878, Vol. 6, no 2, p. 188-196Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

As initiatives are taken in Sweden to evaluate the geological potential for carbon dioxide storage in the adjacent Baltic Sea, experiences from elsewhere may provide lessons about perceptions of and potential opposition toward carbon capture and storage (CCS). A comprehensive analysis of storage feasibility needs to include the issue of social acceptance. The knowledge of CCS is low in Sweden however and there are no Swedish CCS projects to learn from. This paper therefore draws on lessons from other large-scale energy projects that are embedded in similar Baltic Sea contexts to complement lessons on CCS acceptance provided in the literature. The aim of this study is to facilitate an understanding of acceptance of potential future CO2 storage initiatives in the Swedish Baltic Sea region and to analyze what contextual factors are likely to be determinative of the outcome of these and similar projects. The study identifies climate change as one such key contextual factor, which can often be used both to support and oppose a large-scale energy project. Furthermore, the study finds that there are perceptions of uncertainties regarding the regulatory framework that need to be adressed in order to facilitate the planning of CCS projects in the region.

National Category
Environmental Management
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-31478 (URN)10.1002/ghg.1585 (DOI)000374141500005 ()2-s2.0-84963570266 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2016-04-28 Created: 2016-04-28 Last updated: 2018-03-08Bibliographically approved
Stigson, B. & Stigson, P. (2015). A future resource and pollution constrained world-An agenda for a new partnership between business, governments and academia. Technological forecasting & social change, 98, 255-259
Open this publication in new window or tab >>A future resource and pollution constrained world-An agenda for a new partnership between business, governments and academia
2015 (English)In: Technological forecasting & social change, ISSN 0040-1625, E-ISSN 1873-5509, Vol. 98, p. 255-259Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The world will undergo rapid and profound developments during the coming decades. This is due to a number of global mega trends, such as population growth, poverty alleviation and urbanisation. The result is a future that will be both resource and pollution constrained. Following the development of the past decades, this future also includes increased systems complexity and an interconnected world. To deal with these challenges, the global society must move towards a more collaborative approach that builds on a grand coalition of stakeholders. Building on experiences from global business, international policy advisory positions and research, this opinion-piece discusses items on an agenda to deal with the challenges in creating a sustainable future. 

Keywords
Business, Governance, Green race, Nexus, Partnerships, Resource efficiency, Industry, Population statistics, Resource efficiencies, Pollution
National Category
Environmental Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-28946 (URN)10.1016/j.techfore.2015.05.010 (DOI)000362134000020 ()2-s2.0-84941171878 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2015-09-17 Created: 2015-09-17 Last updated: 2019-09-20Bibliographically approved
Bulut, M. B., Odlare, M., Stigson, P., Wallin, F. & Vassileva, I. (2015). Buildings in the future energy system: Perspectives of the Swedish energy and buildings sectors on current energy challenges. Energy and Buildings, 107, 254-263, Article ID Article number 6090.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Buildings in the future energy system: Perspectives of the Swedish energy and buildings sectors on current energy challenges
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2015 (English)In: Energy and Buildings, ISSN 0378-7788, E-ISSN 1872-6178, Vol. 107, p. 254-263, article id Article number 6090Article, review/survey (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Buildings are expected to play a key role in the development and operation of future smart energy systems through real-time energy trade, energy demand flexibility, self-generation of electricity, and energy storage capabilities. Shifting the role of buildings from passive consumers to active players in the energy networks, however, may require closer cooperation between the energy and buildings sectors than there is today. Based on 23 semi-structured interviews and a web survey answered by key stakeholders, this study presents the views of the energy and buildings sectors on the current energy challenges in a comparative approach. Despite conflicting viewpoints on some of the issues, the energy and buildings sectors have similar perspectives on many of the current energy challenges. Reducing CO2 emissions is a shared concern between the energy and buildings sectors that can serve as a departure point for inter-sectoral cooperation for carbon-reducing developments, including the deployment of smart energy systems. The prominent energy challenges were identified to be related to low flexibilities in energy supply and use, which limit mutually beneficial cases, and hence cooperation, between the energy and buildings sectors today.

Keywords
buildings sector; energy sector; cooperation; smart grids
National Category
Energy Engineering
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-28691 (URN)10.1016/j.enbuild.2015.08.027 (DOI)000364246800026 ()2-s2.0-84940531990 (Scopus ID)
Funder
Swedish Research Council Formas, 244-2011-231
Available from: 2015-08-11 Created: 2015-08-11 Last updated: 2017-12-04Bibliographically approved
Buhr, K., Roth, S. & Stigson, P. (2014). Climate Change Politics through a Global Pledge-and-Review Regime: Positions among Negotiators and Stakeholders. Sustainability, 6(2), 794-811
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Climate Change Politics through a Global Pledge-and-Review Regime: Positions among Negotiators and Stakeholders
2014 (English)In: Sustainability, ISSN 2071-1050, E-ISSN 2071-1050, Vol. 6, no 2, p. 794-811Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Pledge-and-review is an essential pillar for climate change mitigation up until 2020 under the auspices of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. In this paper, we build on a survey handed out to participants at the Seventeenth Conference of Parties in 2011 to examine to what extent climate negotiators and stakeholders agree with existing critiques towards pledge-and-review. Among the critique examined, we find that the one most agreed with is that the pledges fall short of meeting the 2 degree target, while the one least agreed with is that pledges are voluntary. We also find that respondents from Annex 1 parties are more critical than respondents from Non-Annex 1 parties. Negotiators display strikingly similar responses regardless of where they are from, while there is a remarkable difference between Annex 1 and Non-Annex 1 environmental non-governmental organizations. We build on these results to discuss the legitimacy of pledge-and-review.

Keywords
climate change, critique, legitimacy, negotiations, pledge-and-review, politics
National Category
Social Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-24820 (URN)10.3390/su6020794 (DOI)000332123100019 ()2-s2.0-84897085596 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2014-04-07 Created: 2014-04-04 Last updated: 2017-12-05Bibliographically approved
Stigson, P., Roth, S. & Karlsson, A. (2014). Re-Evaluating the Sustainability of Energy Systems: The Nexus of Energy, Water, and Land-Use (1ed.). In: Jinyue Yan (Ed.), Handbook of Clean Energy Systems: (pp. 1-14). John Wiley & Sons
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2014 (English)In: Handbook of Clean Energy Systems / [ed] Jinyue Yan, John Wiley & Sons, 2014, 1, p. 1-14Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Scenarios for global developments typically point to a sharp increase in demand for energy as well as for water and land. These developments have a starting point where global ecosystems are already being exploited unsustainably. This has implications for energy systems, which can be designed as more or less water and land-use intensive. However, evaluating the sustainability of energy systems commonly do not take water and land-use systems into account. This presents a problem as these three systems—energy, water, land—are intrinsically linked, which provides both barriers and opportunities for these systems' individual as well as collective sustainability. More comprehensive evaluations of energy systems that acknowledge the system interlinkages are therefore needed. This has become known as applying a nexus approach. The idea behind the nexus approach is to increase system synergies and resilience through jointly analyzing ecosystem capacities, drivers for resource use, development objectives, capacities to manage linked systems, and the need for new knowledge. This provides a comprehensive perspective on the restrictions and freedom we have in governing, designing, and using the social, technical, and ecological systems. The article thus presents a nexus approach and provides an understanding of challenges for the sustainability of energy systems from a broad system perspective.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
John Wiley & Sons, 2014 Edition: 1
National Category
Energy Systems
Research subject
Energy- and Environmental Engineering
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-29454 (URN)10.1002/9781118991978.hces039 (DOI)
Available from: 2015-11-10 Created: 2015-11-10 Last updated: 2015-12-07Bibliographically approved
Stigson, P., Buhr, K. & Roth, S. (2013). The ambitions in Copenhagen Pledges: Country case studies of drivers andbarriers. Greenhouse gas measurement and management, 3(1), 21-36
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The ambitions in Copenhagen Pledges: Country case studies of drivers andbarriers
2013 (English)In: Greenhouse gas measurement and management, ISSN 2043-0779, Vol. 3, no 1, p. 21-36Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The climate pledges under the Copenhagen Accord have been evaluated by researchers in quantitative terms, but less attention has been provided on insights into what drove countries and what political barriers impeded countries to submit a pledge and the ambitiousness of the pledges. This article therefore highlights what the drivers and barriers are under the Copenhagen Accord and assesses whether the political considerations can be expected to differ from the positions under a binding climate regime under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. By means of case studies the research finds that the political origin differs and in general views that the Accord is viewed as adding to transparency and legitimacy of the negotiations. Moreover, while the pledges can be viewed as a separate regime, it should be complemented by emissions trading to spur increased ambition. The research also identifies that the pledges are commonly viewed as binding and that barriers are increasingly viewed as drivers seeing that costs of climate action is viewed as lower than inaction.

National Category
Other Earth and Related Environmental Sciences
Research subject
Energy- and Environmental Engineering
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-22753 (URN)10.1080/20430779.2013.812010 (DOI)
Available from: 2013-11-12 Created: 2013-11-12 Last updated: 2013-11-12Bibliographically approved
Stigson, P. (2013). The Resource Nexus: Linkages Between Resource Systems. In: Reference Module in Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences: . Elsevier
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The Resource Nexus: Linkages Between Resource Systems
2013 (English)In: Reference Module in Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences, Elsevier, 2013Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Resources are basic elements in building and operating our societies. Some are more fundamental than others, such as energy, water and food. These resources cannot however be viewed in isolation, as linkages between them mean that scarcity in one resource system can affect other systems. Moreover, competition and prices of resources are expected to increase. Planning and research on resources should thus consider such linkages and the status of ecosystems when analyzing how resources can be supplied both sustainably and resiliently.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Elsevier, 2013
National Category
Other Earth and Related Environmental Sciences Environmental Sciences
Research subject
Energy- and Environmental Engineering
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-22755 (URN)10.1016/B978-0-12-409548-9.05897-8 (DOI)2-s2.0-84944104519 (Scopus ID)978-0-12-409548-9 (ISBN)
Available from: 2013-11-12 Created: 2013-11-12 Last updated: 2015-10-23Bibliographically approved
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