Energy, Technology and Policy
There is a strong consensus that the world is experiencing climate change due to human activity and emission of climate gases. Given this consensus the question is how we can become low emission societies and economies. It is only through a transition from a carbon-based to a sustainable society that emissions can be reduced while also maintaining a high quality of life.
The transition process involves complex processes of developing and using new technologies. The research group at the TIK Centre has a long history in analysing how development and introduction of new technologies are strongly influenced by actors and processes in the societies where these technologies emerge or are implemented. Major energy transitions are complex and demanding. They involve not only technical transformations, but also knowledge development, industrial organisation, regional development and policy making.
Following this, the focus of the research programme is to analyse development and use of climate- related technologies.
- Why are some countries more open to new renewable energy technologies than others?
- How did CCS become a major climate technology?
- Why and how do countries introduce different policy instruments to regulate the use of new energy technologies?