Infrastructures, lock-in, and sustainable urban development: the case of waste incineration in the Goteborg Metropolitan Area

Hervé Corvellec, Maria José Zapata Campos, Patrik Zapata

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Abstract

This article explains how infrastructures with a sustainability record may evolve over time into a lock-in that slows the emergence of more sustainable urban infrastructures. A study of waste incineration in the Goteborg Metropolitan Area, Sweden, serves as an illustrative case. Taking leads from Unruh (2000, 2002), four rationales of lock-in are identified in the case: institutional, technical, cultural, and material. The article describes how these rationales, one by one and in collaboration, lock-in waste handling in the Goteborg Metropolitan Area to incineration. The article also suggests that these four rationales could serve as a program to unlock urban infrastructures. Asking the question "Are we in a lock-in?" is featured as a practical starting point for planning changes in urban infrastructure governance that contribute to sustainability. (C) 2012 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)32-39
JournalJournal of Cleaner Production
Volume50
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Social Sciences Interdisciplinary

Keywords

  • Urban
  • Incineration
  • Waste management
  • Lock-in
  • Infrastructure
  • governance
  • Sweden
  • sustainability
  • waste

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