Actors and agency in district heating: Engaging with middle actor perspectives through future workshops

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This paper focuses on professionals within the district heating sector as drivers of change towards green transition, thereby taking what has been termed a middle out approach. Instead of viewing professionals such as craftsmen or energy consultants as simply implementing political decisions, the middle out approach sees these professionals as having a more substantial influence on energy transition processes. Consequently, more research is needed to uncover the professionals’ perspectives and knowledge as a vital resource in a future green transition. This paper presents future workshops as a method to invite relevant professionals to discuss potentials and challenges of a future district heating system, in particular with regard to the role of buildings. The findings show which forms of agency the professionals ascribe to the different actors in a future intermittent system, how they understand key challenges and problems, and how they envision future communication and cooperation between
central actors.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
Artikelnummer102200
TidsskriftEnergy Research & Social Science
Vol/bind80
ISSN2214-6296
DOI
StatusUdgivet - okt. 2021

Emneord

  • middle-out
  • district heating
  • intermittent energy
  • future workshops
  • agency
  • inter-professional communication

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