Drivers for and barriers to biogas use in manufacturing, road transport and shipping: a demand-side perspective

Sofia Dahlgren, Wisdom Kanda, Stefan Anderberg
2019 Biofuels  
Contemporary environmental problems require a transition to renewable energy. Biogas is one alternative, which besides being renewable has many other benefits. For further expansion of biogas production, it seems necessary to develop new areas of biogas usage where biogas can replace fossil fuels. This article presents an analysis of the drivers for and barriers to increased biogas usage in three sectors where biogas usage is undeveloped in Sweden: manufacturing, road transport and shipping.
more » ... eral of the identified drivers and barriers, such as unstable and shortterm policies, lack of infrastructure, and contract requirements, have also been found in previous studies even though they may be slightly different depending on the context. A new driver observed in this study is that of intergenerational thinking in family-owned businesses. The study also reiterates the significant influence of policy in the form of subsidies, tax exemptions and regulations on the adoption and use of renewable energy in general and biogas specifically. The results suggest the need for future policymaking to be guided by long-term trajectories, which can be a relevant basis for adopters to make investments into biogas technologies. ARTICLE HISTORY
doi:10.1080/17597269.2019.1657661 fatcat:pkm7lnflbrgafp6si7jfgmgjcm