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Environmental policy integration in bioenergy: policy learning across sectors and levels?
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.
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.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Umeå: Department of Political Science, Umeå University , 2011. , 88 p.
Series
Statsvetenskapliga institutionens skriftserie, ISSN 0349-0831 ; 2011:1
Keyword [en]
environmental policy integration, sustainability, multi-level EPI, multisector EPI, learning, frames, bioenergy, energy, agriculture, EU, Sweden
National Category
Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies)
Research subject
statskunskap
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-42810ISBN: 978-91-7459-195-8OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-42810DiVA: diva2:410453
Public defence
2011-05-20, Samhällsvetarhuset, Hörsal C, Umeå universitet, Umeå, 13:15 (English)
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Supervisors
Available from: 2011-04-29 Created: 2011-04-13 Last updated: 2011-04-28Bibliographically approved
List of papers
1. Much ado about nothing?: energy forest cultivation in Sweden: on policy coordination and EPI in a multisectoral issue
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Much ado about nothing?: energy forest cultivation in Sweden: on policy coordination and EPI in a multisectoral issue
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.

Keyword
EPI, Policy coordination, Environment, Bioenergy, Salix, Energy, Agriculture
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-6733 (URN)
Conference
3rd General Conference, Environmental Politics Section 'The Politics of Renewables', Panel 19-4. Corvinus University of Budapest, 8-10 september, 2005
Note
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
2. Institutional conditions for multi-sector environmental policyintegration in Swedish bioenergy policy
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Institutional conditions for multi-sector environmental policyintegration in Swedish bioenergy policy
2011 (English)In: Environmental Politics, ISSN 0964-4016, Vol. 20, no 4, 528-546 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

What institutional conditions seem relevant for multi-sector EPI, and itsoutcomes? Analysing the Swedish bioenergy policy process, which represents apositive case of multi-sector EPI, this article argues that open actor access, useof environmental knowledge, monitoring mechanisms, and both environmentsectoraland inter-sectoral policy coordination are conducive for multi-sectorEPI, which is also affected by external events. For achieving outcomes frommulti-sector EPI, monitoring mechanisms as well as inter-sectoral policycoordination are important.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Taylor & Francis, 2011
Keyword
environmental policy integration, multi-sector EPI, policy coordination, institutions, bioenergy
National Category
Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies)
Research subject
statskunskap
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-42807 (URN)10.1080/09644016.2011.589625 (DOI)
Available from: 2011-04-13 Created: 2011-04-13 Last updated: 2012-08-09Bibliographically approved
3. Integrating environment into European bioenergy policy:: comparing the energyand agricultural sectors
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Integrating environment into European bioenergy policy:: comparing the energyand agricultural sectors
(English)In: Environmental Policy and GovernmentArticle in journal (Refereed) Submitted
Abstract [en]

Environmental policy integration (EPI) has long been a key part of EU environmentalwork. Recognising that some policy fields involve a multi-sector perspective, this articlefocuses on EPI in EU bioenergy policy, more specifically how bioenergy has been framedwithin EU energy policy and agricultural policy from 1995 to 2009. Three questions areposed. First, is there EPI in EU bioenergy policy? Second, is EU bioenergy policy coherentacross sectors? Third, to what extent has EPI occurred? The analysis shows that EPI in EUbioenergy policy has increased over time, and that this has stimulated policy coherencybetween sectors. Climate change is the focal environmental issue in bioenergy policy,although the focus has broadened recently, and the environment is placed on a par withother issues, rather than prioritised. Future research needs to analyse post-Lisbon TreatyEPI, multi-sector EPI, and explore which environmental aspects are integrated (and whichare not?).

Keyword
Environmental policy integration, bioenergy policy, multi-sector EPI, policy coherence
National Category
Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies)
Research subject
statskunskap
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-42808 (URN)
Available from: 2011-04-13 Created: 2011-04-13 Last updated: 2011-04-28
4. Sub-national environmental policy integration: learning across levels?
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Sub-national environmental policy integration: learning across levels?
(English)In: Local Environment: the International Journal of Justice and Sustainability, ISSN 1354-9839, E-ISSN 1469-6711Article in journal (Refereed) Submitted
Abstract [en]

Environmental policy integration, EPI, refers to the integration of environmental aspects and policy objectivesinto non‐environmental sector policies. EPI can be viewed as an environmental learning process, but whathappens when EPI is to travel across political levels? This article explores EPI in a previously neglected policyarena; the sub‐national level, where Biofuel Region (BFR) in the north Swedish counties Västerbotten andVästernorrland is studied in depth. According to previous studies, an environmental perspective is integratedinto bioenergy policy on the EU level and Swedish level, but is an environmental perspective present also onthe sub‐national level, within BFR? Furthermore, can the development in BFR be explained by cross‐levellearning? In a discussion of the impact of EU and Swedish bioenergy policy on the sub‐national bioenergydevelopment, the concluding discussion revolves around the overarching question of this study: what are thesub‐national implications of higher‐level EPI in a policy area?

National Category
Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies)
Research subject
statskunskap
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-42809 (URN)
Available from: 2011-04-13 Created: 2011-04-13 Last updated: 2011-04-28Bibliographically approved

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