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A multilevel stakeholder analysis of drivers and barriers in Poland's renewable energy development

Abramczyk, Olga LU (2014) In Master Thesis Series in Environmental Studies and Sustainability Science MESM01 20142
LUCSUS (Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies)
Abstract
Living in a world, where constantly growing energy consumption and climate change are issues of increasing concern, it is necessary to decrease fossil fuel consumption and promote more sustainable ways of gaining energy, such as renewables (IPCC, 2007). Poland as a member of the European Union was obliged to comply with European policies and increase its share of renewable energy by 2020. However, this might be difficult, giving the fact that there is a strong tradition of coal in Poland with a dominating percentage in the energy structure (85%) supported by strong coal lobby. Thus the main objective of this thesis is to provide an overview of the development of renewable energy in Poland, including key agents, main drivers and barriers... (More)
Living in a world, where constantly growing energy consumption and climate change are issues of increasing concern, it is necessary to decrease fossil fuel consumption and promote more sustainable ways of gaining energy, such as renewables (IPCC, 2007). Poland as a member of the European Union was obliged to comply with European policies and increase its share of renewable energy by 2020. However, this might be difficult, giving the fact that there is a strong tradition of coal in Poland with a dominating percentage in the energy structure (85%) supported by strong coal lobby. Thus the main objective of this thesis is to provide an overview of the development of renewable energy in Poland, including key agents, main drivers and barriers for the development towards a more renewable energy generation mix, and finally providing ideas for improvement. Based on transition theory, in particular its multi-level perspective, the data was collected through conducting thirteen semi-structured, in-depth, expert interviews, which were combined with literature and policy review of several documents. As result, the key agents include: the European Union; the Polish government and national governmental agencies; regional authorities; energy producers, transmission and distribution agents; research institutes; and civil society. Based on interviews with above-mentioned stakeholders, the main driver for renewable energy development in Poland is the European Union and its policies. The biggest barrier constitutes the lack of clear and reliable policy framework at the national level. Changes are necessary in order to assure long-term sustainability of the Polish energy sector. (Less)
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author
Abramczyk, Olga LU
supervisor
organization
course
MESM01 20142
year
type
H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
subject
keywords
multi-level perspective, Poland, renewable energy, drivers, transition theory, barriers, sustainability science
publication/series
Master Thesis Series in Environmental Studies and Sustainability Science
report number
2014:035
language
English
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4697789
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2014-10-15 10:47:32
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  abstract     = {Living in a world, where constantly growing energy consumption and climate change are issues of increasing concern, it is necessary to decrease fossil fuel consumption and promote more sustainable ways of gaining energy, such as renewables (IPCC, 2007). Poland as a member of the European Union was obliged to comply with European policies and increase its share of renewable energy by 2020. However, this might be difficult, giving the fact that there is a strong tradition of coal in Poland with a dominating percentage in the energy structure (85%) supported by strong coal lobby. Thus the main objective of this thesis is to provide an overview of the development of renewable energy in Poland, including key agents, main drivers and barriers for the development towards a more renewable energy generation mix, and finally providing ideas for improvement. Based on transition theory, in particular its multi-level perspective, the data was collected through conducting thirteen semi-structured, in-depth, expert interviews, which were combined with literature and policy review of several documents. As result, the key agents include: the European Union; the Polish government and national governmental agencies; regional authorities; energy producers, transmission and distribution agents; research institutes; and civil society. Based on interviews with above-mentioned stakeholders, the main driver for renewable energy development in Poland is the European Union and its policies. The biggest barrier constitutes the lack of clear and reliable policy framework at the national level. Changes are necessary in order to assure long-term sustainability of the Polish energy sector.},
  author       = {Abramczyk, Olga},
  keyword      = {multi-level perspective,Poland,renewable energy,drivers,transition theory,barriers,sustainability science},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  series       = {Master Thesis Series in Environmental Studies and Sustainability Science},
  title        = {A multilevel stakeholder analysis of drivers and barriers in Poland's renewable energy development},
  year         = {2014},
}