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Title: Belief or compliance? Drivers of urban renewable energy initiatives
Authors: Chmutina, Ksenia
Wiersma, Bouke
Goodier, Chris I.
Devine-Wright, Patrick
Issue Date: 2013
Publisher: Construction Publishing House
Citation: CHMUTINA, K. ... et al., 2013. Belief or compliance? Drivers of urban renewable energy initiatives. IN: Soutsos, M., Goodier, C., Le, T.T., and Van Nguyen, T. (eds.) The International Conference on Sustainable Built Environment for Now and the Future, Hanoi, Vietnam, 26-27 March 2013, pp. 127 - 134.
Abstract: The UK has set an ambitious plan to substantially cut its GHG emissions. In order to meet this 2050 target of 80% reduction, the UK is facing a significant challenge of restructuring its energy system. One of the ways to do so is to introduce wider use of decentralised energy systems. There is, however, a significant lack of understanding regarding which main factors actually drive these urban energy projects. Following semi-structured interviews with key stakeholders, nine UK and four international exemplar cases have been analysed and critiqued in order to demonstrate and investigate the variety and inter-relationship of the drivers encouraging their implementation. The role of regulation and belief in sustainability as drivers for implementing innovative urban energy initiatives are explored, as are the differing impacts of these drivers in the UK and abroad. This paper demonstrates that currently there is a lack of investigation into the motivations of the organisation to implement decentralised energy (DE) projects. Thus, it is important to focus on understanding the reasons why companies might improve environmental performance, as this could aid authorities in formulating more appropriate policies to enhance this improvement.
Description: This is a conference paper from the International Conference on Sustainable Built Environment for Now and the Future, Hanoi, Vietnam, 26-27 March 2013. The conference website is at: http://sbe2013.com/
Version: Accepted for publication
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/12048
ISBN: 9786048200183
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