From Policy to Action – Renewable Energy in Samsø, Denmark

Plourde, Jocelyn (2018) From Policy to Action – Renewable Energy in Samsø, Denmark. Thesis (Ph.d) thesis, University of Prince Edward Island, Canada.

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Addressing the challenges of climate change, while also maintaining modern standards of living, requires a transition from energy sources that burn fossil fuels to low-carbon and renewable energy sources such as wind and solar energy. The purpose of this study was to determine how the Danish island community of Samsø succeeded in such a transition, from 1997 to 2007. To that end, interviews were conducted with citizens of the island community in order to better understand how the transition was implemented and why it was successful. In order to understand how public policies supported the transition, a document review of relevant Danish energy policies was also conducted. Based on the qualitative results obtained, it is possible to conclude that Samsø’s transition was first made possible as a result of nation-wide energy policies that discouraged the use of fossil fuels and encouraged energy conservation, energy efficiency, sustainability and the development of renewable sources of energy. Such policies made the transition to renewable energy financially beneficial for the people of Samsø. Beyond the policies, the move to renewable energy required detailed planning, combined with a focus on public participation and public investment in the renewable energy technology that now powers the island.

Item Type: Thesis (Thesis (Ph.d))
Creators: Plourde, Jocelyn
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Date Deposited: 01 Aug 2018 11:11
Last Modified: 01 Aug 2018 11:11

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