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Don't extinguish my fire – Understanding public resistance to a Swedish policy aimed at reducing particle emissions by phasing out old wood stoves
University of Gothenburg, Sweden.
RISE Research Institutes of Sweden, Samhällsbyggnad, Energi och resurser. University of Gothenburg, Sweden.ORCID-id: 0000-0001-8622-8169
Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden.
Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden.
2022 (Engelska)Ingår i: Energy Policy, ISSN 0301-4215, E-ISSN 1873-6777, Vol. 167, artikel-id 113017Artikel i tidskrift (Refereegranskat) Published
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Wood stoves emit particulate matter when used for domestic heating. Consequently, the National Board of Housing, Building and Planning in Sweden enforced a prohibition of new installations of old wood stoves in 2017 to protect the public health. The prohibition caused a public backlash that organized itself as a “wood stove rising”, eventually leading to a cancellation of the new legislation in 2019. We performed comprehensive interviews with 11 signatories of the original appeal to analyze the underlying motives for combating the implementation of this pro-environmental energy policy. We find that domestic heating through fire-making is an age-old human behavior that is deeply connected to several social and emotional human needs, but also to survival in remote areas with cold climate. The likelihood of policy observance and acceptance is higher if the policy is not perceived as being in direct conflict with these needs: basic emotion regulation, sensations of tradition and connection to other people, and means of crisis management for the individual. We also find that the protesters acted out of a sustainability perspective, albeit one where the continued use of functional devices was valued more than the perceived wear-and-tear of replacing outdated technology. © 2022 The Authors

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Elsevier Ltd , 2022. Vol. 167, artikel-id 113017
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Domestic heating, Emission regulation, Emotional motives, Pro-environmental legislation, Public acceptance, Public backlash, Environmental regulations, Fire resistance, Fires, Sustainable development, Wood, Emissions regulations, Emotional motive, Environmental legislations, Reducing particle, Swedishs, Wood stove, Behavioral research, cooking appliance, particulate matter, public health, public sector, Sweden
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ri:diva-60696DOI: 10.1016/j.enpol.2022.113017Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85130213770OAI: oai:DiVA.org:ri-60696DiVA, id: diva2:1703773
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Funding details: Svenska Forskningsrådet Formas, Dnr 2017-00677; Funding text 1: This work has been financially supported by the Swedish Research Council Formas (project number Dnr 2017-00677 ). The funding body had no involvement in the study design; in the collection, analysis and interpretation of data; in the writing of the report; or in the decision to submit the article for publication.

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