Advanced

Sustainable energy and climate strategies : Lessons from planning processes in five municipalities

Fenton, P. ; Gustafsson, S. ; Ivner, J. and Palm, J. LU (2015) In Journal of Cleaner Production 98. p.213-221
Abstract

Swedish municipalities have traditionally had significant powers and played a major role in implementing national energy strategies. This paper describes the factors influencing development of municipal climate and energy plans in five Swedish municipalities and assesses the relevance and importance of these factors from theoretical and practical perspectives. The questions raised in the paper are: what are the characteristics of municipal climate and energy planning processes in the five municipalities, do these municipalities include stakeholders in the process, if so how? Results suggest that a number of factors influence the development of municipal climate and energy strategies and their content. These include the importance of a... (More)

Swedish municipalities have traditionally had significant powers and played a major role in implementing national energy strategies. This paper describes the factors influencing development of municipal climate and energy plans in five Swedish municipalities and assesses the relevance and importance of these factors from theoretical and practical perspectives. The questions raised in the paper are: what are the characteristics of municipal climate and energy planning processes in the five municipalities, do these municipalities include stakeholders in the process, if so how? Results suggest that a number of factors influence the development of municipal climate and energy strategies and their content. These include the importance of a clear, shared vision and engaged politicians; the size and organisational structure of the municipality and its willingness and capability to act; the organisation of the process and extent to which stakeholders have been involved; the need for clarity about financial aspects, such as planned financing of implementation; and the need for greater clarity concerning selection of targets and their relevance to global climate and energy trends. The study and its results may be used to inform policy-makers on the national and local levels about factors influencing municipal energy planning and also contribute to a discussion on benefits and problems of involving stakeholders and citizens in the strategic work to reduce climate impacts and energy consumption.

(Less)
Please use this url to cite or link to this publication:
author
; ; and
publishing date
type
Contribution to journal
publication status
published
subject
keywords
Energy and climate strategies, Municipalities, Planning processes, Stakeholders
in
Journal of Cleaner Production
volume
98
pages
9 pages
publisher
Elsevier
external identifiers
  • scopus:85027953985
ISSN
0959-6526
DOI
10.1016/j.jclepro.2014.08.001
language
English
LU publication?
no
id
6fa56020-a585-44e2-8f8c-5bbf74d822ba
date added to LUP
2019-03-11 14:36:23
date last changed
2020-10-07 06:20:55
@article{6fa56020-a585-44e2-8f8c-5bbf74d822ba,
  abstract     = {<p>Swedish municipalities have traditionally had significant powers and played a major role in implementing national energy strategies. This paper describes the factors influencing development of municipal climate and energy plans in five Swedish municipalities and assesses the relevance and importance of these factors from theoretical and practical perspectives. The questions raised in the paper are: what are the characteristics of municipal climate and energy planning processes in the five municipalities, do these municipalities include stakeholders in the process, if so how? Results suggest that a number of factors influence the development of municipal climate and energy strategies and their content. These include the importance of a clear, shared vision and engaged politicians; the size and organisational structure of the municipality and its willingness and capability to act; the organisation of the process and extent to which stakeholders have been involved; the need for clarity about financial aspects, such as planned financing of implementation; and the need for greater clarity concerning selection of targets and their relevance to global climate and energy trends. The study and its results may be used to inform policy-makers on the national and local levels about factors influencing municipal energy planning and also contribute to a discussion on benefits and problems of involving stakeholders and citizens in the strategic work to reduce climate impacts and energy consumption.</p>},
  author       = {Fenton, P. and Gustafsson, S. and Ivner, J. and Palm, J.},
  issn         = {0959-6526},
  language     = {eng},
  month        = {07},
  pages        = {213--221},
  publisher    = {Elsevier},
  series       = {Journal of Cleaner Production},
  title        = {Sustainable energy and climate strategies : Lessons from planning processes in five municipalities},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2014.08.001},
  doi          = {10.1016/j.jclepro.2014.08.001},
  volume       = {98},
  year         = {2015},
}