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Backcasting from sustainability principles – a case from a regional climate policy process in West Sweden

Johan Larsson (Institutionen för energi och miljö, Fysisk resursteori) ; John Holmberg (Institutionen för energi och miljö, Fysisk resursteori)
IST 2016 Book of Conference Papers (2016)
[Konferensbidrag, refereegranskat]

Global sustainability goals and radical innovation put many of today’s societal systems under pressure. It is a question of transitions, where new governance- approaches are sought after to guide, induce and accelerate the transitions into desirable pathways. In this paper a regional policy process aiming at creating a new climate strategy for the region is studied. The process in which 100 stakeholders took part followed a backcasting-approach from sustainability principles and had the ambition to integrate social, economical and ecological dimensions of sustainability. The results point at that principles- based approaches can play a role in addressing the complex issues ahead as they: (1) can open up for transformation by guiding thinking beyond today’s unsustainable and locked-in systems; (2) support the handling of complex issues and frame challenges for integrated measures, and; (3) form a common ground as shared mental models to in dialogue foster perspective awareness, trust-building and create new actor-constellations for future collaboration.

Nyckelord: challenge lab sustainability transition backcasting

Denna post skapades 2017-01-02. Senast ändrad 2017-02-14.
CPL Pubid: 246588