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Institutionalization of Environmental Innovation: Co-evolutionary development of standards, technologies and actor networksin the European heavy vehicles sector
Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Project Innovations and Entrepreneurship. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Project Innovations and Entrepreneurship. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3164-6352
2015 (English)Manuscript (preprint) (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This paper provides a coevolutionary account on the development of Euro emissions standards and enhanced environmental innovation in the European heavy-duty vehicles sector. The aim is to understand the complexities and challenges of environmental regulation and the dynamics of environmental innovation at the European level, and draw lessons for policy makers. The analysis points at the need for reciprocal interactions to build consensus, consistency and continuity in regulatory frameworks, and a widening in the scope of knowledge and technologies to meet increasingly stringent requirements. Contributions are three folded: 1) providing a systemic perspective based on sectoral systems of innovation framework 2) shedding light on the commercial vehicles sector that is often overlooked in the management and innovation literature 3) elaborating on the European institutional context and its unique features of environmental regulation.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015.
Keyword [en]
Sectoral Systems of Innovation, Environmental Innovation, Technology-Forcing Regulation, Co-evolution, Innovation Policy, Institutionalization, Emissions Standards
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Other Engineering and Technologies not elsewhere specified Environmental Engineering
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-114397OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-114397DiVA: diva2:789767
Available from: 2015-02-20 Created: 2015-02-20 Last updated: 2015-02-20Bibliographically approved
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1. Sustainability Transitions in Established Industries: The case of European Commercial Transport Vehicles
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Sustainability Transitions in Established Industries: The case of European Commercial Transport Vehicles
2015 (English)Licentiate thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

With the increasing trends in trade of goods and services as well as the expansion of road infrastructure and networks, commercial road transport has dominated a significant share of inland and urban logistics in the world and particularly in Europe. This includes not only the basic supply of citizens’ needs through long-haul traffic and short-distance city trucks but also by providing urban services such as courier delivery, household waste  pickup and refuse collection as well as passengers movements by public bus transport and inter-city coach transit.

Meanwhile, concerns over air quality problems and environmental sustainability of road transportation have soared up as more and more vehicles travelled on fossil fuels resulting in more pollution, particularly in dense urban areas. The problem is not only limited to the air pollution and adverse health effects caused by exhaust gas emissions, but also dependency on fossil fuels as non-renewable sources of energy and as a major contributor to global warming and climate change over the long time.

Having said that, the purpose of this thesis is to provide an understanding that could be helpful in envisioning sustainability transitions in an established industry setting which is dominated by a very few number of incumbent firms who retain majority of the market share as well as current technological paradigm which mainly determines the choice of technological solutions in this field.

Study results suggest that sustainability transitions can be envisaged through evolutionary processes that include both technological and institutional change at the same time. Regarding technological change, the role of incumbent firms must be considered as important sources of knowledge, skills, experience as well as R&D investment capital and the pool of critical human expertise that would otherwise remain unexploited if their competences were not effectively absorbed in synergies for sustainability transitions. This is termed as regime-driven transformation in this study.

Meanwhile, continuous landscape pressure have to be maintained through effective regulatory frameworks that govern further reductions in the greenhouse gas emissions and to engage incumbents in a collectively shared envisioning of sustainability transitions. This can be enabled by bringing back the role of institutions as an alternative (complementary) entry point to the existing literature on sociotechnical transitions. In doing so, the predominant notion of institutions as the rigid and static structures that constrain innovation is questioned. Instead, it is suggested that institutions can provide resources and structures for actors to engage and for technologies to advance and thus to facilitate long-term sustainability transitions.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Linköping: Linköping University Electronic Press, 2015. 86 p.
Series
Linköping Studies in Science and Technology. Thesis, ISSN 0280-7971 ; 1707
Keyword
Sociotechnical transitions, Multilevel Perspective, System Innovations, Environmental Innovation, Systems of Innovation, Institutions, Environmental policy, Environmental regulation
National Category
Other Engineering and Technologies not elsewhere specified Environmental Engineering
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-114399 (URN)978-91-7519-130-0 (ISBN)
Presentation
2015-02-26, ACAS, A-huset, Campus Valla, Linköpings universitet, Linköping, 10:15 (English)
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Available from: 2015-02-20 Created: 2015-02-20 Last updated: 2015-02-20Bibliographically approved

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