The aim of this Policy Brief is to describe how the
performance and the drivers and barriers of an innovation
system can be explored in a workshop process with actors
from both public and private sectors. Specifically, we
describe a process where the participants discuss and
plan the use of renewable energy in a new district. Based
on the analysis of the workshop, the brief describes
challenges in the adoption of renewable energy solutions
in new districts. The study is a part of SUSER project,
funded by TEKES Green Growth programme.
The workshop was arranged around a planning process of a
new district called Isokuusi in Vuores area in Tampere in
Finland. A full-day workshop for different city and
energy related actors was arranged at 9th of April 2013
in Tampere. The workshop had two goals: to list
preferable energy options for Isokuusi in general and a
part of Isokuusi called Harjanne in particular and to
identify carriers and barriers in implementing the
identified energy options. The discussion in the workshop
was organised around the questions:
What are the energy solutions?
How are the energy solutions implemented and by whom?
What are the carriers and barriers of the energy
The workshop produced suggestions for energy solutions
for these two areas as well as insights on the
implementation, actors, carriers and barriers. The
workshop results highlighted the need for an energy
solution for the whole area, the need for a clarification
of roles, importance of collaboration and an iterative
process. The workshop also highlighted the following
challenges for policy:
1) Enhance sustainability education, especially
professional training of city planners, architects and
property operators in renewable energy applications.
2) Develop routines in public-private collaboration; e.g.
workshops as described in this policy brief could be used
as a transition arena where knowledge is shared.
3) Name the process owner of the renewable energy
development process, who is responsible for the renewable
energy development as a whole in the city.
4) Reduce the investment risk in renewable energy
solutions for districts; e.g. the city would guarantee
the loan or other substitution models.
5) Develop renewable energy service business and its
value network as well as new business models.
The brief describes the workshop process and how the
system innovation functions can be used in identifying
and analysing the main challenges of creating a system
transition. The workshop formed a platform where relevant
actors can discuss and create a shared vision. This
jointly created vision speed of implementation. The main
policy recommendation is to increase similar structured
participatory interventions in issues where a systemic
change is needed. Such an intervention, e.g. the
described inclusive workshop will help in enhancing
knowledge diffusion, supporting the creation of a value
network and identifying the investor and process owner in
a socio-technical transition process.
|Number of pages
|Published - 2014
|MoE publication type
|D4 Published development or research report or study
|Policy Brief: Innovaatiotutkimus
- systemic change
- socio-technical systems
- multi-level perspectives
- innovation system functions
- renewable energy
- energy efficiency