International Sustainability Transitions Conference 2017, 18-21 June, Gothenburg, Sweden

Sunday, 18 June, 2017 - 17:00 to Wednesday, 21 June, 2017 - 16:00

Researchers from TRANSrisk partner Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) participate at the International Sustainability Transitions Conference 2017 (IST2017) which is held on 18th - 21st of June in Gothenburg, Sweden.

The following TRANSrisk-related papers derived from case studies in Kenya, Sweden, and Indonesia are/wil be presented at the conference.

  • A multi-level perspective on geothermal power development in Kenya, by Oliver Johnson, Mbeo Ogeya, Hannah Wanjiru, Tahia Devisscher, and Francis Johnson, to be presented on Mon 19 Jun, 14:00-15:00.
  • Bioenergy and Sustainability Transitions in a Development context: a comparison for Sweden, Indonesia and Kenya, by Francis Johnson, Timothy Suljada, Oliver Johnson, Takeshi Takama, Mbeo Ogeya, and Hannah Wanjiru, to be presented on Tue 20 Jun, 10:30-12:00.
  • How on earth do we decarbonise heavy road based transport? Assessing the plausible pathways to deep and rapid decarbonisation of road based freight transport, by Björn Nykvist, Timmothy Suljada, and Henrik Carlsen, to be presented on Tue 20 Jun, 16:35-18:05.

More particularly, the first paper explores the geothermal innovation system in Kenya, with a view to understanding how different actors, networks and institutions – and their functions – shape and constrain Kenya’s energy transition pathway. Also, the multi-level perspective is applied in order to understand the innovation journey for geothermal from niche to mainstream technology. Moreover, using in-depth interviews, focus group discussions and a review of policy documents, the relation between geothermal and wider electric power supply regime is identified in terms of expectations, networks and learning. The analysis shows that the transition process for geothermal in Kenya has been shaped and constrained by changes in power relations and conflicts among key actors and networks, particularly as a shift occurs from public-led to private-led development. It is also found that landscape factors relating to regional and global markets have affected the direction and pace of geothermal deployment across the investment and programme lifecycles. The paper is based on the TRANSrisk case study in Kenya, more information on which can be found at TRANSrisk report D3.2 Context of 15 case studies: Kenya - Charcoal and Geothermal Sector.

The second paper conducts a comparative analysis across three countries (developed, emerging and developing) where bioenergy has had some significant role through in different social, political and economic contexts: Sweden, Indonesia and Kenya. In each case specific bioenergy markets that have been an object of political and policy attention for several decades have been chosen, namely bioethanol for transport in Sweden, biogas in Indonesia and charcoal in Kenya. Through these case studies comparisons across different energy carriers (liquid, gas, solid), different end-use sectors (transport, community, household) and different scales (national, county, local) have been captured. Furthermore the cases include fuels or applications viewed as modern (bioethanol), transitional (biogas) and traditional (charcoal). The cases are each embedded in a particular socio-technical context in which the formulation of the policies and development strategies has depended on key constituencies promoting either incumbent technologies or challenger technologies (or technical configurations). The context of each case study is presented in TRANSrisk reports D3.2 Context of 15 case studies: Sweden - Road Freight Transport, D3.2 Context of 15 case studies: Indonesia - Bioenergy, and D3.2 Context of 15 case studies: Kenya - Charcoal and Geothermal Sector.

Finally, in the third paper early results form the Swedish case study are reported. TRANSrisk case study in Sweden explores emerging technologies, the deep structural changes associated with transitions and how they can be governed to realise transition pathways for road freight. Road based freight transport poses a phenomenal technological, societal, entrepreneurial, and governance challenge involving stakeholders across public and private spheres. In the case study a socio-technical approach to explore the interlinked technology, policy, market and societal shifts and combine case study work with workshops that mobilise a wide range of stakeholders from industry, academia and private and public stakeholders is adopted. The context of the case study is presented in TRANSrisk report D3.2 Context of 15 case studies: Sweden - Road Freight Transport.

More information of the conference papers is available here.

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