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Much ado about nothing?: energy forest cultivation in Sweden: on policy coordination and EPI in a multisectoral issue
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.
2005 (English)In: The Politics of Renewables', Panel 19-4, European Consortium for Political Research: 3rd General Conference, Environmental Politics Section, Corvinus University of Budapest, 8-10 september 2005, 2005Conference paper (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

 The integration of environmental issues into sectoral policies is also known as environmental policy integration (EPI), a concept that can be described as a process of learning across frames. The article examines the role of policy coordination in achieving sustainable outcomes as a result from EPI in a multisectoral issue. Through the application of thematic idea analysis, it explores the development of vertical EPI in Swedish policies regarding agricultural bioenergy production – energy and agricultural policy – with specific focus on energy forest cultivation. The policies in the two sectors are then compared in a discussion of the role of policy coordination for the achievement of sustainable outcomes from EPI, with regards to energy forest cultivation.

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Keyword [en]
EPI, Policy coordination, Environment, Bioenergy, Salix, Energy, Agriculture
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-6733OAI: diva2:146403
3rd General Conference, Environmental Politics Section 'The Politics of Renewables', Panel 19-4. Corvinus University of Budapest, 8-10 september, 2005
Paper presented at the ECPR Environmental Politics Section ‘The Politics of Renewables’. Panel 19-4. Budapest, September 8-10, 2005.Available from: 2007-12-17 Created: 2007-12-17 Last updated: 2011-04-28Bibliographically approved
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1. Environmental policy integration in bioenergy: policy learning across sectors and levels?
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Environmental policy integration in bioenergy: policy learning across sectors and levels?
2011 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

A central principle within UN and EU policy is environmental policyintegration (EPI), aiming at integrating environmental aspirations, targetsand requirements into sector policy in order to promote sustainabledevelopment. The focus of this study is EPI in bioenergy policy. Bioenergy isa renewable energy source of increasing importance in the EU and Swedishenergy mix. At the same time, it is debated how environmentally friendlybioenergy really is. Furthermore, bioenergy can be considered both a multisectorand a multi-level case, since bioenergy is produced in many differentsectors and bioenergy policy is formulated and implemented on differentlevels. Therefore, EPI in bioenergy policy is here analysed over time in twosectors (energy and agriculture) and on three levels (EU, national, subnational).A cognitive, policy learning perspective on EPI is adopted, tracingEPI through looking for reframing of policy towards incorporatingenvironmental objectives in policy rhetoric and practice. Furthermore,institutional and political explanations for the development are discussed.Paper I analyses EPI in Swedish bioenergy policy within energy andagriculture. Paper II analyses institutional conditions for multi-sector EPI inSwedish bioenergy policy. Paper III analyses EPI in EU bioenergy policywithin energy and agriculture. Paper IV analyses sub-national EPI in thecase of the Biofuel Region in north Sweden. The material examined consistsof policy documents complemented by semi-structured interviews.

Together, the four papers provide a more complex and holistic picture ofthe EPI process than in previous research, which mainly has focused onstudying EPI in single sectors and on single levels. The study shows thatpriorities are different on different levels; that EPI has varied over time; butthat EPI today is detectable within bioenergy policy in both studied sectorsand on all levels. Policy learning in bioenergy is found to be mainly a topdownprocess. Furthermore, policy coherence between sectors and levels;long-term goals; and concrete policy instruments are found to be importantboth for the EPI process as such and for the outcomes from this process.However, when attempting to marry different goals, such as growth, securityand sustainability, in line with the three-tiered (economic, social, ecologic)sustainable development concept, environmental aspects risks not to beprioritised when goal conflicts arise. The study proposes that future researchboth continues the analysis of multi-sector and multi-level EPI, and furtherexplores to what extent ecological sustainability is improved by EPI.

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Umeå: Department of Political Science, Umeå University, 2011. 88 p.
Statsvetenskapliga institutionens skriftserie, ISSN 0349-0831 ; 2011:1
environmental policy integration, sustainability, multi-level EPI, multisector EPI, learning, frames, bioenergy, energy, agriculture, EU, Sweden
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Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies)
Research subject
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-42810 (URN)978-91-7459-195-8 (ISBN)
Public defence
2011-05-20, Samhällsvetarhuset, Hörsal C, Umeå universitet, Umeå, 13:15 (English)
Available from: 2011-04-29 Created: 2011-04-13 Last updated: 2011-04-28Bibliographically approved

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