Policy making and transition strategies

Research area 1

Policy making and transition strategies

Research Area 1, Policy making and transition strategies, investigates how ambitious governmental policies and regulations can be designed to provide competitive advantages and promote sustainable energy systems.

Leader: Tomas Moe Skjølsvold

Illustrative photography for research area 1, from the Norwegian Storting



This research area will strengthen the knowledge base for the formulation of policies for low-carbon energy transitions at national, regional and local level, taking into account Norway's contribution to international energy and climate policy. We will improve the understanding of how ambitious governmental policies and regulations may provide competitive advantages and promote sustainable energy systems through effective strategies directed at sustainable transitions. This includes an analysis of policy practices in Norway and in other countries as well as studies of public engagement with low carbon energy. The efforts facilitate policy-making in a long term perspective by, for instance, providing a knowledge base to assess the goals outlined in Energy 21 and giving advice how these goals should be turned into policy. Our research aims at designing governance strategies that can initiate, organise and frame institutional and regulatory changes in order to initiate dynamic and systemic transitions of society’s energy systems.

Research partners:

NTNU, SINTEF, Western Norway University of Applied Science (HVL)Institute for Energy Technology (IFE), UiO

Work packages:

1.1 Low carbon energy transition policies in Norway – assessments and strategies analyses Norwegian energy transition policies and the underlying strategies for Norway to remain a significant European energy provider on the basis of carbon lean technologies. This work comprises also social, political and economic conditions for developing effective policies and getting them approved and carried through. The WP has studied the development of climate mitigation projects in real time, focusing on planning and building of physical objects such as transmission power grids, wind mills or new renewable power production units. This included policy issues but also cultural, cognitive and behavioural aspects.

Contact: Tomas Moe Skjølsvold, Jøran Solli (NTNU KULT)

1.2 Comparative analysis of governance and public policy for energy system transformation studies energy and climate policies with an emphasis on innovations through comparative analysis of government interventions, including the EU and supra-national bodies providing advice (such as IEA).

Contact: Marius Korsnes (NTNU KULT)

1.3 Public engagement to build energy citizenship studies public involvement in and engagement with low-carbon energy transition, focusing on the development of environmentally friendly energy and the making and enactment of energy citizenship. Work carried out so far increased our understanding of how perceptions and attitudes of the public influence political decisions, firm level strategies and commercialisation processes.

Contact: Sara Heidenreich, Knut H. Sørensen (NTNU KULT)

1.4 Synthesis and interaction with the other research areas secures a productive exchange between RA1 and the other RAs.

Contact: Knut H. Sørensen (NTNU KULT)