Förnyelsebara energibärares nuvarande och framtida konkurrenskraft: föreställningar om konkurrenskraft

Kent Lundgren

Research output: ThesisLicentiate Thesis


The dissertation draws attention to the fact that in the world today 80% of the resources that are used are limited - non renewable energy carriers - and because of the long time between planning and doing (carrying out) within the energy sector, it is worthwhile from the long-term perspective to steer early on towards more sustain-able solutions, such as renewable energy carriers. The State and the market have begun to adjust to concepts such as “competitiveness”, which can be viewed as containing both feasibility and legitimacy aspects - the state through different regulations and environmental taxes and environmental fees, and actors on the market that marginally produce/choose renewable energy carriers.

The overlying methodology in the dissertation is an actor’s viewpoint. This viewpoint brings forth, in turn, two different views, the ana-ly-ti-cal and the interpretative.

The dissertation presents different stances within the energy sector: commercial production logic, commercial sustainability logic, and the socio-economic sustain-ability logic. By drawing one’s attention to how one has the possibility to create (“enact”) his own reality, it is possible to highlight how organisations can increase their competitiveness by being conscious of their own view and others, logic, which in turn forms their views about competitiveness, which in turn determines which projects will materialise. Enterprises and individuals create a description of reality together through a dialectic process, i.e. by developing an environmental management system that contains elements of environmental auditing, environmental performance indicators, and environmental labeling, which “reveal” the production conditions that lie behind the actualisation of the final product. An example is the product, “green” electricity, which, in spite of the fact that the final product - electricity - is identical irrespective of the production method, just at the moment can be sold at different prices according to how it has been produced. The customer has, so to speak, adopted a life cycle perspective when he, or she, is going to purchase electricity.
Original languageSwedish
Awarding Institution
  • The International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics
  • Hansson, Lars, Supervisor
Award date1998 May 28
Place of PublicationLund
ISBN (Print)91-88902-05-6
Publication statusPublished - 1998 May 1

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Environmental Engineering

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