Intermediating policy for transitions towards net-zero energy buildings

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Kivimaa, P., Primmer, E., Lukkarinen, J. (2020). Intermediating policy for transitions towards net-zero energy buildings. Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions 36: 418-432. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.eist.2020.01.007

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Title: Intermediating policy for transitions towards net-zero energy buildings
Author: Kivimaa, Paula; Primmer, Eeva; Lukkarinen, Jani
Publisher: Elsevier
Date: 2020
Language: en
Belongs to series: Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions 36: 418-432
ISSN: 2210-4224
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.eist.2020.01.007
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/338697
Abstract: The roles of intermediaries in sustainability transitions are increasingly recognised. How intermediaries advance transitions vis-a-vis public policy has, however, received little attention. Thus, we create an analytical framework of intermediating policy processes, drawing from transition and policy cycle literatures. We apply this to investigate two policy processes pertaining to Finland’s building energy efficiency. The findings show how the central role of the Ministry of the Environment and high political attention have reduced the need for intermediation by external organisations in agenda setting and policy formulation. However, intermediaries external to the Ministry have been vital in facilitating policy implementation. The cases show that facilitating training as an intermediary activity can be undertaken by different organisations, such as a trade union, a government agency or an education committee. Based on our analysis, we argue that, when political attention on transitions is low, the need for intermediary action is likely to be higher.
Description: Highlights • Creating an analytical framework of intermediating transitions in the policy cycle. • Analyses intermediation in 2 building energy efficiency policy processes in Finland. • Advocating visions and influencing policy options part of intermediating to policy. • Policy translation and training as vital intermediation functions in implementation. • Intermediation deterring policy change contains inaction, disinterest or deceit.
Subject: intermediaries
energy efficiency
buildings
climate change mitigation
sustainability transitions
policy cycle
Subject (ysa): energiatehokkuus
rakennukset
ilmastonmuutokset
ilmastonmuutoksen hillitseminen
kestävä kehitys
kestävä siirtymä
kestävyysmurros
politiikkasykli
Rights: CC BY-NC-ND 4.0


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