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Biofuels - tools for achieving environmental goals or green place branding? Present drivers and future visions in two Swedish municipalities
Linköping University, Department of Thematic Studies, Technology and Social Change. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
2018 (English)In: Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, ISSN 0964-0568, E-ISSN 1360-0559, Vol. 61, no 7, p. 1162-1179Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper presents a study of two Swedish municipalities engagement in biogas development. To analyse the drivers of such biogas development, the conceptual framing incorporates two perspectives on local biogas policy: first, policy drivers as connected to environmental goals and, second, policy as a matter of green place branding. The results indicate that biogas engagement serves as a self-governing activity with the fulfilment of environmental goals as a driver; furthermore, it is a way of expressing the mission of municipalities as engines of environmental policy. In one studied municipality, biogas engagement has an important symbolic value for green identity, meaning that green place branding is a driver. Still, interviewed actors from both municipalities lack clear long-term visions of biogas. Further studies of biofuel production should critically investigate visions of the future among central and local governments and evaluate the implications of municipalities as biofuel producers.

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ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD , 2018. Vol. 61, no 7, p. 1162-1179
Keywords [en]
municipality; environmental goals; place branding; case study; biogas
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Human Geography
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-148158DOI: 10.1080/09640568.2017.1337566ISI: 000431701100004OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-148158DiVA, id: diva2:1212674
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Funding Agencies|Swedish Energy Agency; Biogas Research Center (BRC)

Available from: 2018-06-03 Created: 2018-06-03 Last updated: 2018-06-03

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