Interplay between low-carbon energy transitions and national security: An analysis of policy integration and coherence in Estonia, Finland and Scotland

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Paula Kivimaa, Marja H. Sivonen. Interplay between low-carbon energy transitions and national security: An analysis of policy integration and coherence in Estonia, Finland and Scotland. Energy Research & Social Science 75 (2021), 102024, ISSN 2214-6296. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.erss.2021.102024

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Title: Interplay between low-carbon energy transitions and national security: An analysis of policy integration and coherence in Estonia, Finland and Scotland
Author: Kivimaa, Paula; Sivonen, Marja H.
Publisher: Elsevier
Date: 2021
Language: en
Belongs to series: Energy Research & Social Science 75 (2021), 102024
ISSN: 2214-6296
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.erss.2021.102024
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/335005
Abstract: Sustainable Development Goals aim for a better future, but gains are threatened by conflict and governance failures, exacerbated by climate change. While research on energy security is well-established, conceptual-analytical research on sustainability transitions has paid little attention to security threats as factors influencing transitions or security policy as part of policy mixes. This paper combines policy coherence and integration analysis of energy and security strategy documents with sustainability transitions’ research, considering how landscape pressures and energy niches are presented in documents pertaining to Estonia, Finland and Scotland during 2006–2020. The findings show that security and energy policies present a functional overlap. Yet, policy integration and coherence are insufficiently addressed, conflicts created by coexisting low-carbon and hydrocarbon-based security considerations. An increasingly multifaceted landscape creates a complicated policy environment where pursuing policy coherence becomes harder. Despite the accelerating energy transition, the security implications of energy niches have received too little attention.
Description: Highlights • Combining policy coherence and integration with sustainability transitions. • Policy document analysis explored the interplay of energy and security policies. • Security and defence at times integrated in energy policy, particularly in Estonia. • Lack of coherence between low-carbon energy transition and national security policy. • Security inferences of growing energy niches little covered in strategy documents.
Subject: climate policy
decarbonisation
energy policy
geopolitics
national defence
low-carbon
energy transition
national security
analysis
analysis of policy integration and coherence
policy integration
coherence
Estonia
Finland
Scotland
policy document analysis
security policy
energy security
conceptual-analytical research on sustainability transition
security threats
security strategy
security strategy documents
landscape pressure
energy niche
hydrocarbon
low-carbon and hydrocarbon-based security considerations
policy environment
policy coherence
energy transition
517 Political science
519 Social and economic geography
Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
Nuclear Energy and Engineering
Fuel Technology
Energy Engineering and Power Technology
Social Sciences
Subject (ysa): geopolitiikka
ilmastopolitiikka
energiapolitiikka
maanpuolustus
turvallisuus
sisällönanalyysi
Viro
Suomi
Skotlanti
Rights: CC BY 4.0


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