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Rex, E., Rosander, E., Røyne, F., Veide, A. & Ulmanen, J. (2018). A systems perspective on chemical production from mixed food waste: The case of bio-succinate in Sweden.
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2018 (English)Report (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The option of producing the chemical succinic acid from bio-based resources is well in line with current political and industrial ambitions for a bio-based economy. A little explored but intriguing biomass feedstock opportunity is food waste. Mixed food waste is especially appealing as it represents less resource competition than more homogenous food waste fractions. The feasibility of producing succinic acid from mixed food waste depends on both technical and societal system structures. Therefore, to assess the production prospect, it is important to investigate all relevant system components. This study explores from such multiple perspectives the feasibility of chemical production as a viable added pathway for mixed food waste, using microbial production of succinic acid from municipal solid waste in Sweden as an example. The perspectives explored are: 1) feedstock feasibility, 2) societal drivers and barriers for technology progress, and 3) resource availability. Findings show that even though, from a technical feasibility and resource availability perspective, production seems possible, it lacks institutional support and actor commitment and alignment for development in Sweden. Findings also show that a holistic and interdisciplinary systems perspective contributes valuable insight when assessing prospects for bio-based chemicals. 

Series
RISE Rapport ; 2018:30
Keywords
Succinic acid, Municipal solid waste, Bio-refinery, Systems approach, Waste management
National Category
Earth and Related Environmental Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:ri:diva-33600 (URN)978-91-88695-67-3 (ISBN)
Funder
Swedish Research Council Formas, 211-2013-70
Available from: 2018-04-06 Created: 2018-04-06 Last updated: 2018-04-06Bibliographically approved
Brunklaus, B., Rex, E., Berlin, J., Røyne, F., Ulmanen, J. & Aid, G. (2018). The value of transdisciplinary perspectives duringtransition to a bio-based economy: The prospect for converting mixed food wasteinto bio-based chemicals. In: Enrico Benetto, Kilian Gericke, Mélanie Guiton (Ed.), Designing Sustainable Technologies, Products andPolicies: From Science to Innovation (pp. 327-335). Spinger
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2018 (English)In: Designing Sustainable Technologies, Products andPolicies: From Science to Innovation / [ed] Enrico Benetto, Kilian Gericke, Mélanie Guiton, Spinger , 2018, p. 327-335Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Within the current political and industrial transition to a bio-based

economy, food waste can be an alternative resource for biobased chemicals. This

chapter describes a case study that evaluates the prospect for Swedish production of

biobased chemicals such as succinic acid from food waste. The evaluation is

addressed from multiple systems perspectives. From a technical and resource

system perspective, the results of the case study show that production seems possible.

However, from a social system perspective succinic acid production currently

lacks institutional support and actor commitment and alignment for realizing

development in Sweden. From an environmental and life cycle perspective, the

scoping of the analysis is decisive for the results. The study shows that multiple

perspectives complement each other when seeking a nuanced evaluation of technical

innovation and give insights for the intended value chain.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Spinger, 2018
National Category
Natural Sciences Engineering and Technology Social Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:ri:diva-37592 (URN)10.1007/978-3-319-66981-6 (DOI)978-3-319-66980-9 (ISBN)978-3-319-66981-6 (ISBN)
Available from: 2019-01-28 Created: 2019-01-28 Last updated: 2019-01-29Bibliographically approved
Rex, E., Rosander, E., Røyne, F., Veide, A. & Ulmanen, J. (2017). A systems perspective on chemical production from mixed food waste: The case of bio-succinate in Sweden. Resources, Conservation and Recycling, 125, 86-97
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2017 (English)In: Resources, Conservation and Recycling, ISSN 0921-3449, E-ISSN 1879-0658, Vol. 125, p. 86-97Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The option of producing the chemical succinic acid from bio-based resources is well in line with current political and industrial ambitions for a bio-based economy. A little explored but intriguing biomass feedstock opportunity is food waste. Mixed food waste is especially appealing as it represents less resource competition than more homogenous food waste fractions. The feasibility of producing succinic acid from mixed food waste depends on both technical and societal system structures. Therefore, to assess the production prospect, it is important to investigate all relevant system components. This study explores from such multiple perspectives the feasibility of chemical production as a viable added pathway for mixed food waste, using microbial production of succinic acid from municipal solid waste in Sweden as an example. The perspectives explored are: 1) feedstock feasibility, 2) societal drivers and barriers for technology progress, and 3) resource availability. Findings show that even though, from a technical feasibility and resource availability perspective, production seems possible, it lacks institutional support and actor commitment and alignment for development in Sweden. Findings also show that a holistic and interdisciplinary systems perspective contributes valuable insight when assessing prospects for bio-based chemicals.

Keywords
Bio-refinery, Municipal solid waste, Succinic acid, Systems approach, Waste management
National Category
Natural Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:ri:diva-30799 (URN)10.1016/j.resconrec.2017.05.012 (DOI)2-s2.0-85020495421 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2017-09-06 Created: 2017-09-06 Last updated: 2018-08-13Bibliographically approved
Ulmanen, J., Gerger Swartling, Å. & Wallgren, O. (2015). Climate Adaptation in Swedish Forestry: Exploring the Debate and Policy Process, 1990–2012 (ed.). Forests, 6(3), 708-733
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Climate Adaptation in Swedish Forestry: Exploring the Debate and Policy Process, 1990–2012
2015 (English)In: Forests, ISSN 1999-4907, E-ISSN 1999-4907, Vol. 6, no 3, p. 708-733Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper explores how climate change adaptation concerns were integrated into the Swedish forestry debate and policy process during the period of 1990–2012, and draws lessons on barriers and opportunities identified in this process. Using a framework focusing on “advocacy coalitions”, we analyze how the adaptation debate in the forestry sector evolved over the period; who the main advocates for and against adaptation were; and which main arguments and processes affected the debate and policy. The results show that academics advocating climate change adaptation, aided by outside influences, such as political pressure for adaptation responses and the negative impacts of the 2005 storm Gudrun, contributed to an increased general awareness and understanding of adaptation issues amongst forestry stakeholders. Nonetheless, the strong dominance of actors arguing for increased forest production and the limited number and relatively poor organization of adaptation advocates have acted as barriers to mainstreaming adaptation concerns into forestry policy and practice. The dominant coalitions and their values have also determined the direction of debate and policy. The main conclusions for policymakers aiming to further this integration process are the importance of stimulating adaptation coalitions and the value of creating arenas for multiple stakeholder learning about adaptation.

Keywords
climate change adaptation, forestry, forest policy, policy process, Sweden
National Category
Natural Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:ri:diva-6784 (URN)10.3390/f6030708 (DOI)2-s2.0-84925356569 (Scopus ID)20475 (Local ID)20475 (Archive number)20475 (OAI)
Available from: 2016-09-08 Created: 2016-09-08 Last updated: 2020-01-13Bibliographically approved
Ulmanen, J., Rex, E. & Torén, J. (2015). Prospecting development of sustainable innovations in a context of multiple technology systems: The case of high value platform chemicals from food waste. (ed.). In: : . Paper presented at The 6th International Sustainability Transitions Conference, IST. Aug 25-28, 2015. University of Sussex, Falmer, Brighton, UK..
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Prospecting development of sustainable innovations in a context of multiple technology systems: The case of high value platform chemicals from food waste.
2015 (English)Conference paper, Published paper (Other academic)
National Category
Natural Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:ri:diva-12583 (URN)28268 (Local ID)28268 (Archive number)28268 (OAI)
Conference
The 6th International Sustainability Transitions Conference, IST. Aug 25-28, 2015. University of Sussex, Falmer, Brighton, UK.
Available from: 2016-09-13 Created: 2016-09-13 Last updated: 2018-08-13Bibliographically approved
Sylwan, I., Eveborn, D. & Ulmanen, J. (2014). Future Toilet Fashion: En förstudie om stimuleringsåtgärder för systeminnovationer inom avloppshantering (ed.). Paper presented at .
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Future Toilet Fashion: En förstudie om stimuleringsåtgärder för systeminnovationer inom avloppshantering
2014 (Swedish)Report (Refereed)
Series
JTI - Övriga publikationer
National Category
Agricultural Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:ri:diva-2291 (URN)
Available from: 2016-09-07 Created: 2016-09-07 Last updated: 2018-07-18Bibliographically approved
Hellsmark, H., Mossberg, J. & Ulmanen, J. (2014). Teknologiska innovationssystem inom energiområdet: En praktisk vägledning till identifiering av systemsvagheter som motiverar särskilda politiska åtaganden (ed.). Paper presented at .
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Teknologiska innovationssystem inom energiområdet: En praktisk vägledning till identifiering av systemsvagheter som motiverar särskilda politiska åtaganden
2014 (Swedish)Report (Refereed)
Series
Rapport Energimyndigheten.
National Category
Natural Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:ri:diva-5638 (URN)20369 (Local ID)20369 (Archive number)20369 (OAI)
Available from: 2016-09-08 Created: 2016-09-08 Last updated: 2018-08-15Bibliographically approved
Ulmanen, J. & Verbong, G. (2014). Understanding the construction of protective spaces for biofuels in Sweden and the Netherlands (ed.). In: : . Paper presented at 5th International conference on Sustainability Transitions (IST), Utrecht, the Netherlands.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Understanding the construction of protective spaces for biofuels in Sweden and the Netherlands
2014 (English)Conference paper, Published paper (Other academic)
National Category
Natural Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:ri:diva-12409 (URN)19018 (Local ID)19018 (Archive number)19018 (OAI)
Conference
5th International conference on Sustainability Transitions (IST), Utrecht, the Netherlands
Available from: 2016-09-13 Created: 2016-09-13 Last updated: 2018-07-18Bibliographically approved
Identifiers
ORCID iD: ORCID iD iconorcid.org/0000-0003-1025-7267

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