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What's The Problem With Non-conventional Technology?: The Stockholm Local Investment Programme and the Eco-cycling Districts
2003 (English)In: Time to turn down energy demand / [ed] Sophie Attali, Eliane Métreau, Mélisande Prône, Kenya Tillerson, Stockholm: European Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy - ECEEE , 2003, 853-861 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This paper analyses barriers towards implementation of non-conventional energy and resource efficient technology in the context of urban development. It gives tentative conclusions based on an ongoing Ph.D. dissertation project. The case is the measures the city of Stockholm launched with the help of a Swedish Governmental subsidy program – the Local Investment Program (LIP). The LIP runs from 1998 to 2003 and is intended to help municipalities nationwide adapt to the demands of an ecologically sustainable society. Measures that uses new, or in the terminology of this paper, non-conventional technology are explicitly supported in the program. Stockholm was granted 67 million Euro to subsidize different projects, among them the eco-cycling districts of Hammarby Sjöstad, Östberga and Skärholmen. Experiences reported by the municipal LIP co-ordinators nationwide are that only half of all the programs are realized as intended in the applications. As the project is work in progress this paper will try to answer the following questions: Why are some projects successful and others not? Why are sustainability-measures in these projects not carried out completely? Which agents and mediators do help or hinder the subsidies to become a realized and working technology in the city? What is the problem with non-conventional technology really? What parts does politics, policy and administrative practices as well as ‘rational’ economical behaviours play? Some old obstacles, but are new solutions dependent on unorthodox practice or simply more money? Knowledge on these issues is (still) important for subsequent policies and programs on energy and resource efficiency.

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Stockholm: European Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy - ECEEE , 2003. 853-861 p.
, ECEEE Summer study Proceedings, 2003
Keyword [en]
urban development, technology, sustainability, energy efficiency, resource efficiency, policy, barriers
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Environmental Biotechnology Energy Engineering
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-20064ISBN: 91-631-4001-2OAI: diva2:186589
Available from: 2007-02-15 Created: 2007-02-15 Last updated: 2014-10-15Bibliographically approved

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