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Eidenskog, Maria
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Palm, J., Eidenskog, M. & Luthander, R. (2018). Sufficiency, change, and flexibility: Critically examining the energy consumption profiles of solar PV prosumers in Sweden. Energy Research & Social Science, 39, 12-18
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Sufficiency, change, and flexibility: Critically examining the energy consumption profiles of solar PV prosumers in Sweden
2018 (English)In: Energy Research & Social Science, ISSN 2214-6296, E-ISSN 2214-6326, Vol. 39, p. 12-18Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The number of consumers producing electricity at home, i.e., “prosumers”, is rapidly increasing in many European countries. This article analyses the electricity consumption and energy-saving behaviours of households that own photovoltaic (PV) systems in Sweden. Earlier studies of how home production of electricity affects consumption patterns are few and their results are mixed. We interviewed prosumers in Sweden and collected electricity-consumption data one year before and after they installed PVs. The differences between households were large and no general behavioural change could be detected. The interviews indicated that awareness of the energy system increased among all prosumers, but led to no substantial changes in how or when activities were performed. Most prosumers thought that the benefits of shifting their electricity load to other times were too small. The changes prosumers did make mostly concerned smaller adjustments. Households that increased their consumption justified this by their access to “free” electricity. Automation, i.e., using a timer, was relatively unknown or not used when known.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Elsevier, 2018
Prosumer, Energy consumption, Photovoltaic, Flexibility
National Category
Energy Systems
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-147073 (URN)10.1016/j.erss.2017.10.006 (DOI)000429911000003 ()

Funding agencies: This work was supported by the Swedish Energy Agency under Grant number 37511-1

Available from: 2018-04-11 Created: 2018-04-11 Last updated: 2018-05-23
Eidenskog, M. (2015). Caring for Corporate Sustainability. (Doctoral dissertation). Linköping: Linköping University Electronic Press
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2015 (English)Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
Alternative title[sv]
Omsorg för hållbarhetsarbete i företag
Abstract [en]

Corporate sustainability comes in a variety of shapes and the boundaries defining what can be called sustainability are disputed. This thesis explores the making of sustainability at a medium-sized company in Sweden, in this study called HygieneTech, that actively works with sustainability. Inspired by theories from science and technology studies (STS), the author discusses how different versions of sustainability are created in practices. The study is based on a theoretical approach, actor network theory (ANT), which understands reality as performed rather than observed, and since reality and its objects are enacted differently in diverse situations, reality and objects are considered multiple. Moreover, inspired by Maria Puig de la Bellacasa, “thinking with care” enables the study to tell new stories about how companies work with sustainability. This view of the actors as doing sustainability through care practice in a corporate setting paves the way for a caring analysis, exploring the different versions of sustainability as different matters of care. The enactment of sustainability is studied through participant observation, interviews and document studies.

The most frequently enacted versions of sustainability are sustainability as saving resources, sustainability through standards/labels, sustainability as caring for people, and sustainability as a conscious choice. The study shows how some versions of sustainability in one setting can clash, such as when the employees at HygieneTech have to decide between caring for saving resources or caring for labelled products. Even so, in other settings versions of sustainability can be added together and thus enable the employees to care for sustainability both as a marketing device and as a conscious choice. Furthermore, the thesis shows that sustainability is sometimes made absent in relation to other matters of care, such as cleanliness and economy, while in other settings economy and sustainability can be added together. Finally, the thesis shows how sustainability, while enacted in several versions, still can cohere though professional tinkering.

Abstract [sv]

Hur företag arbetar med hållbarhetsfrågor kan se väldigt olika ut och många gånger uppstår stridigheter kring vad som får kallas hållbart. Denna avhandling studerar hur hållbarhet iscensätts i ett medelstort företag i Sverige som arbetar aktivt med hållbarhetsfrågor. Företaget är i denna studie anonymiserat och kallas HygieneTech. Genom att använda teorier från studier av teknik och vetenskap (STS) studeras hur olika versioner av hållbarhet skapas i olika praktiker. Studien utgår från ett teoretiskt angreppssätt, aktör-nätverksteori (ANT), som genom en symmetrisk analys studerar såväl materiella som mänskliga aktörer. ANT anser att verkligheten och dess objekt görs snarare än upplevs och eftersom verkligheten iscensätts på olika sätt i olika situationer, är verkligheten och objekten multipla. Genom att studera hållbarhet som omsorgspraktiker, inspirerad av Maria Puig de la Bellacasa, skriv nya typer av historier kring hållarbetsarbete på företag. Att tänka med omsorg (”thinking with care”) ger forskaren möjlighet att istället för att återberätta den traditionellt återkommande historien om företaget som en vinstmaximerande rationell agent, lägga fokus inte bara på rationalitet, utan även affektion. Hur hållbarhet görs i praktiken studeras genom deltagande observationer, intervjuer samt dokumentstudier.

Denna avhandling visar på att det finns ett flertal olika versioner av hållbarhet som iscensätts vilka ofta är sammanknutna i varandra. Några av de viktigaste versionerna av hållbarhet i HygieneTech handlar om hållbarhet genom att spara resurser, hållbarhet genom märkningar/standarder, hållbarhet genom omsorg om människor och hållbarhet som ett medvetet val. Vissa av dessa versioner kan adderas samman, men i andra situationer ställs de mot varandra. Studien diskuterar även exempel på när hållbarhet görs osynligt på grund av att andra värden såsom renlighet och ekonomi istället sätts i fokus, samt hur hållbarhet trots sina olika versioner hålls samman.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Linköping: Linköping University Electronic Press, 2015. p. 207
Linköping Studies in Arts and Sciences, ISSN 0282-9800 ; 644
Actor network theory, care practice, corporate sustainability, CSR, environmental labels, ISO 26000, matters of care, thinking with care, SME, Att tänka med omsorg, aktör-nätverksteori, CSR, företagens samhällsansvar, hållbarhet, ISO 26000, miljömärkning, omsorgspraktiker, små och medelstora företag
National Category
Environmental Sciences Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-117098 (URN)10.3384/diss.diva-117098 (DOI)978-91-7519-069-3 (ISBN)
Public defence
2015-05-13, Val, Vallfarten, Campus Valla, Linköping, 14:15 (Swedish)
Available from: 2015-04-15 Created: 2015-04-15 Last updated: 2019-10-29Bibliographically approved
Backlund, S. & Eidenskog, M. (2015). Energy service collaborations: it is a question of trust. In: Jonas Anshelm, Kajsa Ellegård, Jenny Palm, Harald Rohracher (Ed.), Socio-technical perspectives on sustainable energy systems: (pp. 149-167). Linköping: Linköping University
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2015 (English)In: Socio-technical perspectives on sustainable energy systems / [ed] Jonas Anshelm, Kajsa Ellegård, Jenny Palm, Harald Rohracher, Linköping: Linköping University , 2015, p. 149-167Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Linköping: Linköping University, 2015
Linköping studies in technology and social change ; 2
National Category
Energy Systems
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-118919 (URN)978-91-7519-104-1 (ISBN)
Available from: 2015-06-05 Created: 2015-06-05 Last updated: 2015-06-22Bibliographically approved
Backlund, S. & Eidenskog, M. (2013). Energy service collaborations—it is a question of trust. Energy Efficiency, 6(3), 511-521
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2013 (English)In: Energy Efficiency, ISSN 1570-646X, E-ISSN 1570-6478, Vol. 6, no 3, p. 511-521Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Energy services have been highlighted both in European Union directives and in academic literature as an important tool to increase energy efficiency. Performance-based energy services, i.e., outsourcing energy management in performance-based remuneration contracts, is said to overcome many of the barriers that have been used to explain the energy efficiency gap. Energy service companies (ESCOs) help organizations to implement energy-efficient solutions in order to reduce energy costs. By combining science and technology studies (STS) analysis and economics in an interview study of firms, the paper contributes insights on the relational nature of energy service collaborations. The objective of the study is to describe how knowledge and incentives affect trust between partners in performance-remunerated energy service collaborations. Performance-based remuneration is one aspect that makes energy service contracts complex. On the one hand, risk is recognized as an important barrier to energy efficiency. Since remuneration to ESCOs is based on energy savings, they also share the financial and technical project risk with their clients. On the other hand, performance-based remuneration can create a lack of trust. Performance is measured in calculations made by the ESCO, calculations that demand expertise that client firms do not possess. ESCOs are consulted for their knowledge on energy efficiency and therefore an imbalance of knowledge is in the nature of energy service collaborations. The paper concludes that if the initial doubt is overcome, long-term collaborations can be advantageous for both parties, since this builds trust and generates long-term profits.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Springer Netherlands, 2013
ESCO, Energy services, Barriers to energy efficiency, Energy efficiency, Trust
National Category
Economics Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-87148 (URN)10.1007/s12053-012-9189-z (DOI)000321437000006 ()
Available from: 2013-01-10 Created: 2013-01-10 Last updated: 2018-01-11
Backlund, S. & Eidenskog, M. (2011). Energy services in Swedish industrial firms: A multidisciplinary analysis of an emerging market. Linköping: Linköping University Electronic Press
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2011 (English)Report (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The European commission highlight the energy service market as an important means to improve energy efficiency. Both the Energy service directive and the new suggested Energy Efficiency Directive urge member states to facilitate market development for energy services. The industrial sector is estimated to have large energy efficiency potential. The aim of this multidisciplinary report is to investigate the state of the Swedish energy service market 2011, both from the supply side and from the industrial demand side in order to contribute with knowledge to the discussion of energy services as a way to improve industrial energy efficiency. Economic market theory and Socio-technical theory (the theory of economization presented by Caliskan and Callon) is used to analyse different aspects of the emerging market. The results show that the market for industrial energy services in Sweden is more extensive than previous reports have assessed. Our study describes how energy service collaborations can be complex and how calculations and measurements of expected energy savings lead to controversies and power imbalances.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Linköping: Linköping University Electronic Press, 2011. p. 75
Arbetsnotat / Program Energisystem, ISSN 1403-8307 ; 49
National Category
Economics and Business Social Sciences Interdisciplinary Energy Systems
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-86549 (URN)
Available from: 2012-12-18 Created: 2012-12-18 Last updated: 2018-01-11Bibliographically approved

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