Evaluating effectiveness of open assessments on alternative biofuel sources

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dc.contributor University of Helsinki, Environmental Sciences en
dc.contributor.author Sandström, Vilma Christina
dc.contributor.author Tuomisto, Jouni T
dc.contributor.author Majaniemi, Sami
dc.contributor.author Rintala, Teemu
dc.contributor.author Pohjola, Mikko V
dc.date.accessioned 2017-05-04T09:43:01Z
dc.date.available 2017-05-04T09:43:01Z
dc.date.issued 2014-10-01
dc.identifier.citation Sandström , V C , Tuomisto , J T , Majaniemi , S , Rintala , T & Pohjola , M V 2014 , ' Evaluating effectiveness of open assessments on alternative biofuel sources ' , Sustainability: Science, Practice, & Policy , vol. 10 , no. 2 , pp. 29-40 . en
dc.identifier.issn 1548-7733
dc.identifier.other PURE: 69694916
dc.identifier.other PURE UUID: 702ff0ed-045c-420c-8b7d-eef2fcc5c96b
dc.identifier.other Scopus: 84908207888
dc.identifier.other ORCID: /0000-0002-0475-7487/work/32475695
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10138/182578
dc.description.abstract Biofuels have raised controversy regarding their environmental, social, and economic sustainability. The complexity of biofuel decisions and investments by both industry and society requires integration of scientific knowledge, public information, and values from a diversity of sources. Environmental assessments can identify multiple impacts of different options. Open and collaborative knowledge creation can support decisions in two ways: by building trust and credibility and by developing more robust understanding of key issues. Open assessment is a decision-support method that allows widespread participation in a transparent and freely accessible process. In this article, we evaluate two open assessment case studies concerning biodiesel production. The evaluation compiles the participants’ views regarding the potential of the assessment process to influence decisions in terms of quality of content, applicability, efficiency, and openness. According to the evaluation, openness can be feasibly implemented and is much appreciated by participants. More experience using broad and active participation is needed for further development of methods and tools. However, the currently common practices of closed and disengaged processes limit decision making. In addition, suitable tools and practices, as well as the inclusion of participants with appropriate skills, are needed to facilitate open collaboration. en
dc.format.extent 12
dc.language.iso eng
dc.relation.ispartof Sustainability: Science, Practice, & Policy
dc.rights en
dc.subject 1172 Environmental sciences en
dc.subject decision support systems en
dc.subject participatory planning en
dc.subject case studies en
dc.subject performance assessment en
dc.subject management tools en
dc.title Evaluating effectiveness of open assessments on alternative biofuel sources en
dc.type Article
dc.description.version Peer reviewed
dc.type.uri info:eu-repo/semantics/other
dc.type.uri info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion
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