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Fernqvist, N., Broberg, S., Torén, J. & Svensson, I.-L. (2023). District heating as a flexibility service: Challenges in sector coupling for increased solar and wind power production in Sweden. Energy Policy, 172, Article ID 113332.
Åpne denne publikasjonen i ny fane eller vindu >>District heating as a flexibility service: Challenges in sector coupling for increased solar and wind power production in Sweden
2023 (engelsk)Inngår i: Energy Policy, ISSN 0301-4215, E-ISSN 1873-6777, Vol. 172, artikkel-id 113332Artikkel i tidsskrift (Fagfellevurdert) Published
Abstract [en]

With expanding solar and wind power production, the topic of flexibility services attracts increased attention in the Swedish energy system. In this context, the potentials in using thermal storage capacities in district heating (DH) systems have been brought forward, primarily by academic scholars. Using a ‘grounded’ approach, this study investigates if professionals assigned to Swedish DH companies and electricity distribution system operators utilise, or plan to utilise, DH systems as flexibility services for the electricity grid. Original data was collected through semi-structured interviews, held with fourteen individuals affiliated to different actors in the Swedish energy system. These individuals were identified as being experts, or practically engaged, in using DH utilities as flexibility services for the electricity grid. The findings show that although technologies for coupling between DH systems and the electricity grid are already in place, initiatives for using DH systems as flexibility services for the electricity system are rare in Sweden. Coupling challenges stem from ownership and operation legislation frameworks, marginal incentives and a widespread focus on firm benefits rather than energy systems benefits. Identified initiatives for using DH systems for flexibility services are primarily run on a local scale, designed and propelled by small groups of engaged individuals.

Emneord
Flexibility, District heating, Integration, Sector coupling, Qualitative analysis
HSV kategori
Identifikatorer
urn:nbn:se:ri:diva-61174 (URN)10.1016/j.enpol.2022.113332 (DOI)S0301421522005511 (Scopus ID)
Tilgjengelig fra: 2022-11-18 Laget: 2022-11-18 Sist oppdatert: 2024-02-27bibliografisk kontrollert
Fernqvist, N. & Lundqvist, M. (2021). Entrepreneurial Sustainability Engagement of Insiders Initiating Energy System Transition. Sustainability: Science, Practice, & Policy, 13(2), Article ID 734.
Åpne denne publikasjonen i ny fane eller vindu >>Entrepreneurial Sustainability Engagement of Insiders Initiating Energy System Transition
2021 (engelsk)Inngår i: Sustainability: Science, Practice, & Policy, E-ISSN 1548-7733, Vol. 13, nr 2, artikkel-id 734Artikkel i tidsskrift (Fagfellevurdert) Published
Abstract [en]

The central point in this article is that energy system transition can be initiated by a team of individuals interacting entrepreneurially beyond their different home-grounds in business, research, or regional development. Such entrepreneurial engagement of insiders with belongings to an established socio-technical system has not been captured in prevalent sustainability transitions or entrepreneurship perspectives. Insiders have mostly been expected to act within (and not outside) of their role expectations. This study investigates who individuals initiating energy transition are, what motives they have, and how they accomplish institutional change. The purpose is to qualify a perspective that can help us better appreciate how transitions, such as in energy systems, can be initiated. The new perspective recognizes the importance of insiders, their personal sustainability beliefs, their choice to teamwork entrepreneurially, and their narratives about the initiative affecting institutional change. It explains how transition in a heavily regulated Swedish energy system can occur. Implications are drawn for research, policy and entrepreneurial teamwork.

Emneord
insiders, entrepreneurial engagement and teamwork, sustainability transitions, narratives
HSV kategori
Identifikatorer
urn:nbn:se:ri:diva-51869 (URN)10.3390/su13020734 (DOI)
Tilgjengelig fra: 2021-01-15 Laget: 2021-01-15 Sist oppdatert: 2023-06-02bibliografisk kontrollert
Fernqvist, N. & Hansla, A. (2021). It's all about the functionality: Psychological determinants of acceptance of energy efficient water taps in freshwater abundant urban areas. Energy and Climate Change, 2, Article ID 100053.
Åpne denne publikasjonen i ny fane eller vindu >>It's all about the functionality: Psychological determinants of acceptance of energy efficient water taps in freshwater abundant urban areas
2021 (engelsk)Inngår i: Energy and Climate Change, ISSN 2666-2787, Vol. 2, artikkel-id 100053Artikkel i tidsskrift (Fagfellevurdert) Published
Abstract [en]

Global climate changes will intensify the competition for fresh water. Technologies for reducing household tap water consumption may be an effective measure for sustainable water consumption. However, such technologies may come with a potential perceived reduction in comfort. This field study thus examines whether and how tenants, who live in apartments in water abundant areas and have a standard cost for water included in their rent, accept reduction in tap-water comfort over a six-month period of technology familiarisation, A repeated questionnaire study (n = 38) was conducted to mesasure changes in acceptance and perceived functionality of water efficient faucets over time. We also tested to what extent motivational factors posited by the value-belief-norm (VBN) theory accounted for acceptance of hands-on experiences in the early-stage of familiarisation. Unlike the familiarisation hypothesis, our results show decreased acceptance for bathroom and kitchen faucets mediated by impaired perceived functionalities (in flow and temperature). No such changes were observed for shower faucets. Moreover, while the casual chain hypothesised by the VBN theory (i.e., moving from values to awareness of consequences to a personal norm of water conservation) is shown to account for acceptance, no ascription of responsibility is disclosed. Overreliance and boundary conditions for familiarisation effects are discussed.

Emneord
Tap water saving, Acceptance, Household energy, Technology familiarization, VBN theory
HSV kategori
Identifikatorer
urn:nbn:se:ri:diva-56350 (URN)10.1016/j.egycc.2021.100053 (DOI)
Tilgjengelig fra: 2021-09-08 Laget: 2021-09-08 Sist oppdatert: 2023-06-02bibliografisk kontrollert
Fernqvist, N. (2021). Värdeskapande affärer: Företagens entreprenöriella egenskaper och dess påverkan på det teknologiska innovationssystemet.
Åpne denne publikasjonen i ny fane eller vindu >>Värdeskapande affärer: Företagens entreprenöriella egenskaper och dess påverkan på det teknologiska innovationssystemet
2021 (svensk)Rapport (Annet vitenskapelig)
Abstract [sv]

Inför storskaliga teknikskiften krävs omfattande tekniska och sociala omställningar,inte minst inom den etablerade industrin. Resultaten från det härforskningsprojektet visar att individer inom etablerade energiföretag utgör enmycket viktigare funktion för omställningen av det svenska energisystemet än vadsom tidigare varit känt. I fallstudier visas att individer inom etableradeenergiföretag aktivt och självständigt kan välja att engagera sig i olika former avhållbarhetsinitiativ. Deras engagemang lockar med sig kollegor och andra personerutanför organisationen och bidrar därför successivt till nya normer och värderingar.Forskningen om hållbara omställningar av samhälle och industri har kritiserats föratt mestadels befinna sig på systemnivå. I den utsträckning individer förkommerinom denna forskning har de mestadels beskrivits kopplade till så kallade”nischinitiativ”, t ex som småföretagare, gräsrotsinnovatörer eller slutanvändare.Lite uppmärksamhet har ägnats åt individer som är kopplade till etableradeorganisationer. Denna licentiatavhandling visar att individer som är kopplade tilletablerade organisationer självmant kan välja att engagera sig i tre olikasammanhang: jobb-, temporärt- och/eller ett entreprenöriellt sammanhang. Medhjälp av teorier från socialpsykologi förklaras varför individer engagerar sig menockså varför individer ibland väljer att inte engagera sig. Resultaten visar också attindividers engagemang inte automatiskt bibehålls mellan dessa olika sammanhang.Avhandlingens huvudsakliga bidrag är att individer kan välja att delta i hållbaraomställningar i olika sammanhang, inom och utanför deras organisatoriskahemmiljö. Dessa individer är viktiga att se och uppskatta om vi bättre skall förståhur hållbara omställningar startas och uppnås.

Publisher
s. 13
Serie
Energimyndigheten slutrapport ; 2017-002061
HSV kategori
Identifikatorer
urn:nbn:se:ri:diva-52945 (URN)
Tilgjengelig fra: 2021-04-16 Laget: 2021-04-16 Sist oppdatert: 2023-06-02bibliografisk kontrollert
Røyne, F. & Fernqvist, N. (2020). Miljöutvärdering av Leksaksbiblioteket.
Åpne denne publikasjonen i ny fane eller vindu >>Miljöutvärdering av Leksaksbiblioteket
2020 (svensk)Rapport (Annet vitenskapelig)
Alternativ tittel[en]
Environmental assessment of the Toy Library
Abstract [sv]

Denna rapport presenterar en miljöutvärdering av Leksaksbiblioteket i stadsdelen Majorna-Linné, Göteborg. Verksamheten har barn i ålder 0 – 7 år som målgrupp, och erbjuder leksaker såsom spel, pussel, figurer, klossar, byggsatser och redskap för rollek. Syftet med utvärderingen är att uppskatta och värdera den miljönytta som Leksaksbiblioteket bidrar med, gällande både direkta och indirekta effekter, och på så sätt ge underlag till framtida finansiärer för att bedöma Leksaksbibliotekets samhällsnytta. Studien finansieras med medel från Sharing City Göteborg och Arvsfonden.

Direkta effekter beräknas som en potentiell reduktion i växthuseffekt av att leksaksbeståndet per barn i Leksaksbibliotekets målgrupp reduceras. Den potentiella reduktionen diskuteras i förhållande till de förutsättningar Leksaksbiblioteket erbjuder, och Leksaksbibliotekets medlemmars faktiska agerande. Utvärderingen av indirekta effekter avser Leksaksbibliotekets potential att påverka normer som därefter påverkar beteendemönster, nu och i framtiden. En viktig datakälla är enkätundersökningen Leksaksbiblioteket genomförde under sensommaren 2019 med sina medlemmar.

Resultaten visar att Leksaksbiblioteket har goda förutsättningar att minska direkta utsläpp. Leksaker har tidigare blivit identifierade som en produkt som lämpar sig bra att återanvända ur en miljösynpunkt. Dessutom begränsas inte den använda tiden av Leksaksbibliotekets leksakers livstid av användarnas omhändertagande jämfört med leksaker i privat ägo. Leksaksbiblioteket kan även antas avvärja nyköp då medlemmar anger en sådan tendens, samt att de är starkt miljömässigt motiverade. Om alla barn i Leksaksbibliotekets målgrupp i Göteborg minskar sitt leksaksbestånd (536 leksaker i snitt per barn) med 50 % betyder det en undviken produktion och transport av leksaker på ca 82 000 ton CO2-ekvivalenter. 82 000 ton CO2-ekvivalenter motsvarar de årliga konsumtionsbaserade utsläppen från 9 096 svenskar. Det motsvarar också utsläppen från att köra Sverige på längden (Kiruna – Ystad, 184 mil) mer än 140 000 gånger. Om vi antar att leksaksbeståndet för alla barn 0 – 7 år i hela Sverige skulle reduceras med 50 %, betyder det nästan 1 500 000 ton reducerade CO2-ekvivalenter. Detta motsvarar de årliga konsumtionsbaserade utsläppen från över 160 000 svenskar.

Att Leksaksbiblioteket är placerat just i Majorna, där invånarna är mer miljömedvetna än genomsnittet, samt enkelt kan ta sig till Leksaksbiblioteket utan bil, gör att förutsättningar för avvärjande nyköp och utsläppssnål transport stärks. Samtidigt skulle en stadsdel med i utgångspunkten mindre miljömedvetna invånare haft större ändringspotential. Detta gäller då särskilt för indirekta effekter, såsom normförskjutning och beteendeändringar som gynnar miljön. Eftersom Leksaksbibliotekets målgrupp är barn har verksamheten en enastående potential att påverka normer och beteende som kan bestå som ett mönster i vuxenlivet. Hjärnans belöningssystem lär sig tidigt att älska konsumtion, men detta kan motarbetas genom repeterande vistelser i en miljö där barnet upplever delande som något ”alla gör”. Just detta kan Leksaksbiblioteket erbjuda. Barn som lär sig om miljöhänsyn kan även påverka föräldrarnas inställning och således främja ett miljömedvetet beteende i familjen.

Normförskjutning och beteendeändring kan få stora miljökonsekvenser i vuxenlivet. Om man till exempel väljer att dela bil genom bilpool i stället för att äga bil är växthusgas reduktionspotentialen på mellan 130 och 980 kg CO2-ekvivalenter per hushåll per år.

Andra samhällsnyttor Leksaksbiblioteket bidrar med är levande gatuplan, en social mötesplats, tillgång till leksaker för familjer utan ekonomiska medel, och bättre hälsoförutsättningar för barn genom erbjudande av giftfria leksaker. 

Sammanfattningsvis visar utvärderingen att Leksaksbiblioteket kan vara en viktig aktör i samhället och genom delningsverksamheten bidra till en rad miljö- och samhällsnyttor.

Abstract [en]

The Sharing Economy is perceived by many as having positive effects on the environment in terms of resource and emission reductions through decreased consumption. One such sharing initiative is the Toy Library in Gothenburg, which lends toys to children aged 0 – 7. The goal of this study is to identify and evaluate the potential the Toy Library has to reduce environmental impacts.

The method used is to both assess direct and indirect environmental effects. Direct effects are estimated as a potential reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by reducing the toy stock per child in the Toy Library's target group. The potential reduction is discussed in relation to the conditions offered by the Toy Library, and the members' actual actions. The evaluation of indirect effects relates to the Toy Library's potential to influence norms that subsequently influence behavior patterns, now and in the future. An important data source is a survey carried out by the Toy Library during late summer 2019 with its members.

The results indicate that the Toy Library has intriguing potential for reducing direct emissions and that if all children in the Toy Library's target group in Gothenburg reduce their toy stock (536 toys on average per child) by 50 %, it would mean an avoided production and transport of ca 82 000 ton CO2 equivalents. This corresponds to the emissions from the total yearly consumption of 9 096 Swedes. Furthermore, as the Toy Library's target group is children, the organization has a high potential to influence norms and behavior, and thereby indirectly reducing environmental impact.

In summary, the study shows that the Toy Library can play an important societal role and through its sharing activities contribute to several environmental and social benefits.

Publisher
s. 26
Serie
RISE Rapport ; 2020:13
Emneord
Sharing, Toy, Child, Environment, Climate, Life cycle perspective
HSV kategori
Identifikatorer
urn:nbn:se:ri:diva-43980 (URN)978-91-89049-93-2 (ISBN)
Tilgjengelig fra: 2020-02-18 Laget: 2020-02-18 Sist oppdatert: 2023-06-02bibliografisk kontrollert
Rex, E., Fernqvist, N. & Ryding, S.-O. (2020). Recommendation and context: the missing links for increased life cycle impact in large industries. The International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment, 25(2), 240-251
Åpne denne publikasjonen i ny fane eller vindu >>Recommendation and context: the missing links for increased life cycle impact in large industries
2020 (engelsk)Inngår i: The International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment, ISSN 0948-3349, E-ISSN 1614-7502, Vol. 25, nr 2, s. 240-251Artikkel i tidsskrift (Fagfellevurdert) Published
Abstract [en]

Purpose: This study takes an open and explorative approach to investigating the impact, or lack of impact, of life cycle information on behaviours throughout large production companies. Based on cases where life cycle information has been provided, this paper analyses how life cycle information has been interpreted and acted upon—not only by the life cycle assessment (LCA) practitioner conducting the study but also by employees outside the environmental departments. Methods: To understand the impact of life cycle information on everyday actions in organisations and how this impact can be enhanced, this study takes a grounded approach to following flows of life cycle information from the environmental department through other departments of an organisation. From the flows of information, the research team selected rich descriptions of empirical data that reflect action and inaction. Using interviews and documents, we collected barriers and enablers for acting on life cycle information. Barriers and enablers were interpreted and clustered into categories and arranged into concepts. Next, we reviewed the empirical data using theories from social psychology. Results and discussion: The results show that it is difficult for life cycle information to result in subsequent action outside of environmental departments. The barriers to this action were partly due to the life cycle information per se such as gaps between what life cycle information is available and what life cycle information is needed. Barriers and enablers were also found in relation to the context in which life cycle information was applied and new behaviours were adopted, including timing and software structures, reward systems, trade-offs, and personal beliefs about the profession. The results suggest a new role of the life cycle proponent that includes providing the right life cycle information and understanding and influencing the expected agents’ situations. Conclusions: Assisted by theories from social psychology, we found that behaviour can be changed if ‘recommendations’ and ‘contexts’ are considered when providing life cycle information. The paper suggests that the impact of life cycle information could increase if normative arguments about environmental visions, strategies, and overarching goals are aligned with enablers that focus on personal goals, such as meeting a deadline, reducing uncertainty, and reaching the threshold for a bonus.

sted, utgiver, år, opplag, sider
Springer Verlag, 2020
Emneord
Action and behaviour, Life cycle assessment (LCA), Life cycle information, Recommendations and contexts, article, employee, human, interview, life cycle assessment, occupation, organization, physician, reward, software, uncertainty, vision
HSV kategori
Identifikatorer
urn:nbn:se:ri:diva-40626 (URN)10.1007/s11367-019-01675-x (DOI)2-s2.0-85073989837 (Scopus ID)
Merknad

Funding details: Energimyndigheten; Funding text 1: Financial support was provided by the Swedish Energy Agency.; Funding text 2: Open access funding provided by RISE Research Institutes of Sweden. The study was conducted within the Swedish Life cycle Centre, a centre of excellence for the advancement of life cycle thinking in industry and other parts of society. The authors wish to thank the participating partners and interviewees for their open and generous sharing of practices and experiences relating to life cycle information. We also want to acknowledge an anonymous reviewer for input that further improved the classification of categories and concepts. Springer Nature remains neutral with regard to jurisdictional claims in published maps and institutional affiliations.

Tilgjengelig fra: 2019-11-12 Laget: 2019-11-12 Sist oppdatert: 2023-06-02bibliografisk kontrollert
Norefjäll, F. & Fernqvist, N. (2019). Innovationsförmåga för ett hållbart transportsystem: Trafikverket och samverkande aktörers processer för innovations- och omställningsförmåga. Göteborg
Åpne denne publikasjonen i ny fane eller vindu >>Innovationsförmåga för ett hållbart transportsystem: Trafikverket och samverkande aktörers processer för innovations- och omställningsförmåga
2019 (svensk)Rapport (Annet vitenskapelig)
Abstract [sv]

Detta dokument sammanfattar arbetet som utförts under förstudien till forskningsprojektet: Innovationsförmåga för ett hållbart transportsystem – Trafikverkets och samverkande aktörers processer för innovations- och omställningsförmåga. Syftet med forskningsprojektet är att bidra till att Trafikverkets innovationsarbete får genomslag för omställningen av transportsystemet. Genom ökad kunskap om hur egna strukturer och processer för innovation påverkar och påverkas av, exempelvis andra aktörer, specifika marknadsvillkor eller normer, stärker detta projekt arbetet för ett hållbart transportsystem.

sted, utgiver, år, opplag, sider
Göteborg: , 2019. s. 50
Serie
RISE Rapport ; 2019:80
Emneord
Innovation; Omställning; Transportsystemet
HSV kategori
Identifikatorer
urn:nbn:se:ri:diva-39896 (URN)978-91-89049-10-9 (ISBN)
Forskningsfinansiär
Swedish Transport Administration
Tilgjengelig fra: 2019-09-10 Laget: 2019-09-10 Sist oppdatert: 2023-06-02bibliografisk kontrollert
Jonasson, J., Andersson, L., Jahnke, M., Fernqvist, N. & Hedenstedt, A. (2018). Projektet TJAFS: Normkritisk Tjänsteutveckling i Avfallssystemet. Göteborg
Åpne denne publikasjonen i ny fane eller vindu >>Projektet TJAFS: Normkritisk Tjänsteutveckling i Avfallssystemet
Vise andre…
2018 (svensk)Rapport (Annet (populærvitenskap, debatt, mm))
Abstract [sv]

Sverige har ett av världens mest effektiva avfallssystem ur ett miljöperspektiv. Vi har mycket låg grad av deponi och förbränning och hög grad av källsortering. Men det har visat sig svårt att öka andelen sorterat avfall.

Orsaken till bristande sorteringsgrad och nedskräpning sägs ofta vara att brukare inte förstår systemet eller att de medvetet slarvar i hanteringen av sitt avfall och vid sortering vid lokala återvinningsstationer.

Men tänk om det inte stämmer. Tänk om det finns orsaker i designen av själva avfallssystemet som avgör brukarens benägenhet och möjlighet att göra rätt.

I den här utförliga rapporten ges exempel på vad som händer när designmetoder, tjänstedesign, normkritik och stadsutveckling möts för att utmana det nuvarande avfallssystemet.

sted, utgiver, år, opplag, sider
Göteborg: , 2018. s. 86
Serie
RISE Rapport ; 2018:52
Emneord
service design, tjänstedesign, hållbarhet, stadsutveckling, innovation, normkritik, avfall, cykel, återbruk, tjänsteutveckling, tjänster, normkreativitet, Borås, innovation
HSV kategori
Identifikatorer
urn:nbn:se:ri:diva-35180 (URN)978-91-88695-96-3 (ISBN)
Prosjekter
TJAFS
Forskningsfinansiär
Vinnova, 2015-03858
Tilgjengelig fra: 2018-09-12 Laget: 2018-09-12 Sist oppdatert: 2023-12-06bibliografisk kontrollert
Rex, E., Fernqvist, N., Ryding, S.-O. & Karheiding, C. (2018). Towards increased impact of life cycle information in product and service innovation. In: : . Paper presented at Life Cycle Innovation Conference, Berlin 2018.
Åpne denne publikasjonen i ny fane eller vindu >>Towards increased impact of life cycle information in product and service innovation
2018 (engelsk)Inngår i: , 2018Konferansepaper, Oral presentation only (Annet vitenskapelig)
Abstract [en]

Many businesses of today now recognize the need for a life cycle perspective, for use not only in accounting but also for innovative purposes. However, while availability of data and understanding of the life cycle concept as such continues to grow, there is still inertia in life cycle information having practical implications on decisions and actions throughout the everyday work in the company.

In a project aimed at a better understanding of company internal uses of life cycle information, the existence and use of life cycle information in four large companies (all having with extensive experience of life cycle thinking) were studied. Data collection was made in case studies with two main purposes; to a) follow and illustrate flows of life cycle information within large companies, and to b) understand the role of life cycle information in decision-making outside of the environmental departments. The case studies covered applications such as development of new product concepts, introduction of new materials, and market introduction of eco designed products and services.

The study reveals other dominant barriers than normally assumed; not having or understanding the life cycle information provided. The barriers found were rather related to other aspects of the decision process: Complementary data important for the decision (such as material availability or economic implications for alternate designs) could be missing, recommendation of the most preferred alternative not being clearly presented, concerns about e.g. increased uncertainties and risk not being met, or guidance on how to handle tradeoffs such as between economic and ecologic goals absent. Sometimes information was also not provided in the timeframe needed to change the particular process, or existing routines and tools did not allow the inclusion of life cycle information in a systematic manner. 

Insights from the study point to the importance of understanding the broader context in which the life cycle information should be used, in order to reach impact as decision support. To assist in this, a short guide has been designed to support life cycle proponents in having a more holistic view of the decision making situation and to highlight common pitfalls hindering life cycle information to influence company practices.

 

HSV kategori
Identifikatorer
urn:nbn:se:ri:diva-37531 (URN)
Konferanse
Life Cycle Innovation Conference, Berlin 2018
Forskningsfinansiär
Swedish Energy Agency
Tilgjengelig fra: 2019-01-22 Laget: 2019-01-22 Sist oppdatert: 2023-06-02bibliografisk kontrollert
Rex, E., Fernqvist, N., Ryding, S.-O., Hallberg, K., Ringström, E., Landström, L., . . . Hallén Jorquera, R. (2017). Tailored for decision – Knowing your target group prior to adaptation. In: : . Paper presented at Life Cycle Management 2017.
Åpne denne publikasjonen i ny fane eller vindu >>Tailored for decision – Knowing your target group prior to adaptation
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2017 (engelsk)Konferansepaper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Fagfellevurdert)
Abstract [en]

Life cycle thinking is but one perspective - if at all considered -, in everyday business decisions throughout the organization; in the selection of suppliers, in the strategy of new product ranges, and, in what information is chosen to be highlighted to the customers. Tradeoffs are constantly made between e.g. environment, quality, price and other company goals. Before any successful adaptation and visualization of life cycle information, it is important for internal life cycle experts to identify and understand how other functions of the company perceive and value life cycle information in their specific working situations.

To get a better understanding of these internal users of life cycle information, life cycle experts in four multinational companies (Akzo Nobel, Vattenfall, Volvo Cars, Volvo Group) have joined forces with researchers in life cycle management and behavioral science to create a graphical map of how life cycle information is spread and used in different parts of an organization. The aim of the map is to be used as a basis for discussions and recommendations on how to tailor life cycle information in order to support decision making throughout a company.

The map is constructed by combining a) inventories on how quantitative data seeks its way to internal users through databases, reports and KPIs, with b) qualitative interviews on goal framing and decision weights of e.g. environmental and economic information. As a result, the map illustrates both the “physical” flows of life cycle information and the “cognitive logics” of this information for different users (e.g. how values, attitudes and norms influence the target groups’ likelihood of including life cycle information in their decision processes).

Based on the map, each company can identify and discuss who the main users of life cycle information are and what premises for life cycle thinking these users have: In what decision making situation is, or can, life cycle information be used? How is the information understood? What other sources of information and rationales for decisions are used in parallel to, or in conflict with, LCA-results?

Initial analyses on the usefulness of the map point to a better understanding of how life cycle experts can tailor information for decisions in different parts of the company, as well as on its usefulness in illustrating to people outside of the environmental departments the widespread use of life cycle information that already exist in the company. The latter is not least important for creating an understanding in how the organization respond to ongoing external pressure to focus more on a life cycle approach, e.g. new requirements in ISO 14001, new EU Directives on public procurement and current EU work to establish a common LCA methodology.   

Emneord
decision-making, target group, life cycle information, LCT
HSV kategori
Identifikatorer
urn:nbn:se:ri:diva-33952 (URN)
Konferanse
Life Cycle Management 2017
Forskningsfinansiär
Swedish Energy Agency
Tilgjengelig fra: 2018-06-29 Laget: 2018-06-29 Sist oppdatert: 2023-06-02bibliografisk kontrollert
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