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Samspel mellan miljöpolitik, innovation och teknikutveckling: Fallstudier om svenska avlopp, kylskåp och bilar
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences.
2013 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Interdependance between environmental policy, innovation and technological development : Case studies on Swedish wastewater treatment, refrigerators and cars (English)
Abstract [en]

Within process or manufacturing industries, the production of goods and services or the products themselves may have negative side effects such as pollution. An important task for environmental policy is to control and limit these pollutions, for example via regulatory measures. Although, the efficiency of such measures vary greatly between different industries and an increasingly important task for environmental policy is then to encourage companies to engage in environmentally motivated innovation. Governments can utilize other measures than regulation to indirectly decrease pollution. This thesis aims to analyze such activities and how it affects the innovativeness of wastewater treatment, refrigeration and automobile manufacturing industries. The aim is also to

investigate how environmental policy is shaped by opinion, technology and relationships within and to an industry. In each of the cases, the current technical system was a major determinator for what could be accomplished in an industry. This was more or less dependent on foreign conditions, such as market, opinion and policy, but the domestic level of technical advancement was critical. The geographical breadth of the issue at hand was a major factor. Also, all three cases showed that each industry has, for good or bad, dominating players that either dictates or largely influences the pace of adoption of environmentally motivated innovation. Government agencies must understand these facts, inventively use the array of policy tools at hand and include both industry representatives and foreign piers to speed up environmentally motivated innovation. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. , 87 p.
UPTEC STS, ISSN 1650-8319 ; 13 001
Keyword [sv]
miljöpolitik, innovation, teknikutveckling, avloppsvatten, avloppsvattenrening, cfc, kylskåp, electrolux, volvo, saab, katalysator, trevägskatalysator
National Category
Other Engineering and Technologies not elsewhere specified Economic History Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies) History of Technology
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-193444OAI: diva2:602755
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Sveriges Ingenjörer
Educational program
Systems in Technology and Society Programme
2012-04-17, Ångström 64119, Uppsala, 09:15 (Swedish)
Available from: 2013-02-04 Created: 2013-02-03 Last updated: 2013-02-04Bibliographically approved

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