The need for policy coherence to trigger a transition to biogas production

Huttunen, Suvi, Kivimaa, Paula and Virkamäki, Venla (2014) The need for policy coherence to trigger a transition to biogas production. Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions, 12. pp. 14-30. ISSN 2210-4224

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Abstract

Transitions towards more sustainable societies involve policy changes cutting across multiple sectors. Ideally, policies targeting different sectors create a coherent push for the adoption of more sustainable solutions. Sustainability transition studies have, however, paid little attention to the role of policy interaction across different policy domains. By focusing on biogas production in Finland and by further developing the technological innovation systems functions in connection to policy coherence, this paper examines how policy coherence is related to triggering transition from the perspective of biogas actors. The results demonstrate how supportive policies in one sector are made inefficient by unsupportive policies, instruments and practices in others. However, the lack of policy coherence, especially at the local level, may also have innovation-triggering influence when it forces actors to consider unconventional solutions. Thus the innovation effects of policy coherence are difficult to foresee and require an actor-focused perspective for analysis.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Bioenergy; Finland; Policy coherence; Technological innovation system
Schools and Departments: School of Business, Management and Economics > SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences > GE170 Environmental policy
H Social Sciences
Depositing User: Paula Kivimaa
Date Deposited: 08 May 2015 07:54
Last Modified: 08 May 2015 07:54
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/53916
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