Leapfrogging potential for sustainable energy transition in Serbia

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Hakala , E S & Batas Bjelic , I 2016 , ' Leapfrogging potential for sustainable energy transition in Serbia ' , International Journal of Energy Sector Management , vol. 10 , no. 3 , pp. 381-401 . https://doi.org/10.1108/IJESM-12-2014-0001

Title: Leapfrogging potential for sustainable energy transition in Serbia
Author: Hakala, Emma Sofia; Batas Bjelic, Ilija
Contributor organization: Aleksanteri Institute 2010-2017
Date: 2016-09-13
Language: eng
Number of pages: 21
Belongs to series: International Journal of Energy Sector Management
ISSN: 1750-6220
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1108/IJESM-12-2014-0001
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/297757
Abstract: Purpose This paper aims to look at the dilemma of promoting sustainable energy transition in post-socialist countries while containing social and economic implications, focusing on the case of Serbia. The aim is to analyse Serbian energy status taking into account historical factors, to analyse barriers that are hindering transition and to identify leapfrogging potential for the sustainable energy development of the country. Design/methodology/approach Energy transition and leapfrogging potential have been qualified and quantified by indicators, the own calculations and policy analysis to identify barriers to sustainable energy. Findings The country has vast potential for leapfrogging in energy transition, yet continues the gradualist approach based on several policy barriers to the process. The analysis shows six barriers related to low energy price, high energy intensity, prioritization of energy security, inadequacy of utilization of renewable sources, lack of policy coherence and dependency on external funding. However, these barriers could be overcome with an energy policy emphasizing leapfrogging potential. As is pointed out in the conclusion, this should be based on the difference between EU-28 average indicators, discrepancy between use and availability of renewable energy, potential for regional cooperation in the energy sector and under-used skills and participation. Originality/value The paper discusses energy transition in its historical context, arguing that it has to be considered as comprehensively with societal implications and effects, thus creating useful knowledge for other post-socialist countries in current and future transitions.
Subject: 517 Political science
Peer reviewed: Yes
Usage restriction: openAccess
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