Stability rather than change is the order of the day: the case of second-generation biofuels
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This paper takes a critical look at the conceptualization of second-generation bioenergy based on the institutional discourse pursued by food and agriculture-, energy security-, and climate change-focused international organizations. Set against the backdrop of two distinct perspectives on the understanding and role of innovation, progress, and the future in contemporary capitalist societies, the paper explores how advanced biofuels are distinguished from their conventional predecessors, how the intention to shift from first- to second-generation production patterns is facilitated and justified, and the role of innovation in pursuing this shift. I argue that the notions of “new” and “innovative” put forward in the advanced biofuel project not only exemplify the illusion of an emptied and decontextualized future, but also express an ideological view devoid of utopian potential.
bioenergy, second-generation, international organizations, future, innovation, progress, ideology
Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-80829OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-80829DiVA: diva2:548456