WP3: Realising Mitigation Strategies


This work package is principally concerned with the way in which top-down information flows relating to Climate Mitigation (CM) policy are implemented on the ground.

WP3 will explore acceptance, implementation and realization of CM policy options at the scale of the landscape from the perspective of those stakeholders who are most important for their successful implementation - key actors and communities, for example, and knowledge gatekeepers. To do this, we integrate non-mathematical modelling approaches developed for policy research with quantitative decision support tools.

Green technologies, such as wind, solar, biofuel production and other forms of biomass use, together with energy efficiency measures such as innovative water treatment, temporary energy storage or better electricity demand management are needed to move towards a low carbon economy. Large scale implementation of these technologies affects land use dynamics in a complex, unpredictable way and may have unintended consequences (e.g. replacement of food crops for biofuel).

This WP, like WPs 2 and 4, accepts that the impacts of policies intended to reduce carbon emissions will have characteristic space-time impacts. These impacts will influence economy, patterns of land-use, social cohesion and compliance.

A social policy framework known as Contextual Interaction Theory (CIT) (e.g. De Boer and Bressers 2011) will be used to identify relevant stakeholders and highlight areas of potential policy implementation failure which will be discussed through a series of stakeholder engagement processes across multiple levels and scales.

The information gathered through stakeholder interaction and consultation will be used to explore possible implementation problems and land use conflicts related to uptake of renewable energies through future scenarios developed with PLUS4-CMP. The scenarios will take the form of possible future land use configurations up to, and possibly beyond, 2050, in which the potential spatial consequences of a "shopping list" of Green technology mitigation options will be explored.

University of Twente Newcastle University OCT


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