The role of renewable energy policies for carbon neutrality in Helsinki Metropolitan area

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Dahal , K , Juhola , S & Niemelä , J 2018 , ' The role of renewable energy policies for carbon neutrality in Helsinki Metropolitan area ' , Sustainable Cities and Society , vol. 40 , pp. 222-232 . https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scs.2018.04.015

Title: The role of renewable energy policies for carbon neutrality in Helsinki Metropolitan area
Author: Dahal, Karna; Juhola, Sirkku; Niemelä, Jari
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences
University of Helsinki, Helsinki Institute of Sustainability Science (HELSUS)
University of Helsinki, Ecosystems and Environment Research Programme
Date: 2018-07
Language: eng
Number of pages: 11
Belongs to series: Sustainable Cities and Society
ISSN: 2210-6707
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/313960
Abstract: Abstract Renewable energy policies are necessary for achieving carbon neutrality which is the main goal for climate change mitigation. The cities in the Helsinki Metropolitan area have committed themselves to significantly reducing carbon emissions through various climate measures including some measures for renewable energy utilization. We use multilevel perspective (MLP) and renewable energy frameworks to examine the role of renewable energy policies to carbon neutrality in the Helsinki Metropolitan area and base our analysis on various policy documents and semi-structured interviews. Our findings show that current renewable energy policies in the Helsinki Metropolitan area are weak and many challenges exist. Nevertheless, many options are available for improving existing policies. The cities have many opportunities to adopt various energy policy measures, including small-scale renewable energy production in building premises, renewable energy integration to district heating, demand-side solutions for energy utilization, and increasing budgets and subsidies to renewable energy production and enhancement of the social acceptance of renewable energy. Such additional policies are needed to reach carbon neutrality in the Helsinki Metropolitan area.
Subject: 1172 Environmental sciences
renewable energy
carbon neutrality
energy transition
energy policies
Energy transition
MULTILEVEL ANALYSIS
POWER
JUSTICE
TRANSITION
Renewable energy
Carbon neutrality
Energy policies
UK
EFFICIENCY
ELECTRICITY
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