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Assessment of Factors Influencing Local Renewable Energy Transition in Small Municipalities ; A case study choice of Leeuwarden and Samso Municipalities, Denmark

Mushi, E.E. (2018) Assessment of Factors Influencing Local Renewable Energy Transition in Small Municipalities ; A case study choice of Leeuwarden and Samso Municipalities, Denmark.

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Abstract:Energy consumption accounts for two-thirds of global greenhouse gas emissions consequently making climate change mainly an energy-related issue. Despite an increase in renewable energy investment in European Union member states, their energy systems still primarily depend on fossil fuels, which are the significant contributors to greenhouse gas emissions. One of the significant challenges for climate change governance is how to shift from conventional energy systems based on the fossil fuels towards renewable sources. Therefore, in order to minimise the greenhouse-gas emission and dependency on fossil fuels, national and international strategies should promote the adoption of renewable energy sources as alternatives. This thesis analyses factors influencing local renewable energy transitions in two small municipalities. Samso island municipality (which has already achieved the 100% goal of renewable energy) and Leeuwarden municipality. High degree of community involvement, innovative energy policy, national and local government support, incentives for actors, willingness to change, economic condition, information, education and awareness creation and energy market and community acceptance emerged as the success factors/drivers of renewable energy adoption in the two municipalities.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:43 environmental science
Programme:Environmental and Energy Management MSc (69319)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/77434
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