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Backcasting for sustainable strategies in the energy sector: A case study in FORTUM Power and Heat

Kuisma, Jaakko LU (2000)
Abstract
This thesis addresses the corporate sustainability process and different tools to assist the process of generating corporate strategies towards sustainability in the energy sector. The focus of the research was in backcasting approaches. The main outcome of the work is a framework for corporate sustainability for the energy sector. The framework is constructed around a three step strategic planning tool for sustainable strategies, based on different applications of backcasting and forecasting techniques. Out of three different backcasting approaches examined in this work, the Natural Step framework was used in workshops to demonstrate the method. The other focus area of the work was the current position of the case study company (Fortum... (More)
This thesis addresses the corporate sustainability process and different tools to assist the process of generating corporate strategies towards sustainability in the energy sector. The focus of the research was in backcasting approaches. The main outcome of the work is a framework for corporate sustainability for the energy sector. The framework is constructed around a three step strategic planning tool for sustainable strategies, based on different applications of backcasting and forecasting techniques. Out of three different backcasting approaches examined in this work, the Natural Step framework was used in workshops to demonstrate the method. The other focus area of the work was the current position of the case study company (Fortum Power and Heat) in relation to sustainable development.

The main conclusion of the thesis is that the backcasting approach has the potential to be a proactive way to incorporate sustainable development in to the strategic planning process. The results of the workshop implied that the method could possibly assist in service and product development, infrastructure planning, and in identifying future research needs. The method has some limitations, as it offers no direct solutions to the problems that the energy sector is facing today and the results of backcasting are dependent on how the future situation is define (Less)
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 The main conclusion of the thesis is that the backcasting approach has the potential to be a proactive way to incorporate sustainable development in to the strategic planning process. The results of the workshop implied that the method could possibly assist in service and product development, infrastructure planning, and in identifying future research needs. The method has some limitations, as it offers no direct solutions to the problems that the energy sector is facing today and the results of backcasting are dependent on how the future situation is define},
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