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Qualitative stakeholder analysis for a Swedish regional biogas development: A thematic network approach
University of Gävle, Faculty of Health and Occupational Studies, Department of Social Work and Criminology, Social Work.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0886-7402
University of Gävle, Faculty of Education and Business Studies, Department of Business and Economic Studies, Business administration.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3258-0671
University of Gävle, Faculty of Engineering and Sustainable Development, Department of Building Engineering, Energy Systems and Sustainability Science, Environmental Science.
University of Gävle, Faculty of Engineering and Sustainable Development, Department of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Science, Biology.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8895-5631
2021 (English)In: Sustainability, E-ISSN 2071-1050, Vol. 13, no 14, article id 8003Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The creation of pathways toward a societal transition to clean energy requires the engagement of multiple stakeholders with different and sometimes conflicting interests. In this connection, stakeholder analysis (SA) offers a technique for identifying, assessing and structuring different needs, interests and concerns related to different stakeholders within the context of sustainability. This article aims to present the findings from a qualitative stakeholder analysis (QSA) by using a thematic network approach (TNA), with the help of the ATLAS.ti software. It focuses on Project X, which was aimed at engaging multiple stakeholders and creating favorable conditions for small and medium-sized companies in a region situated in the central part of Sweden, with the potential to start biogas production. In this work, the findings and discussions of the QSA using TNA are structured by using the political, economic, social, technological, environmental and legal (PESTEL) themes of the model. The present study concludes that for the small-scale biogas industry to successfully develop an understanding of the possibilities of the biogas value chain, it is necessary to have analyzed the nature of the main themes by which various stakeholders relate to biogas production and envision their contribution to creating a sustainable society. Herein, we demonstrate that QSA by a TNA, combined with the application of a PESTEL model, are valuable analytical tools in sustainable project management. The lessons from Project X can be applied to other local biogas initiatives, as many identified threats and opportunities are shared by others. 

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MDPI , 2021. Vol. 13, no 14, article id 8003
Keywords [en]
Biogas, Energy, PESTEL, Qualitative stakeholder analysis, Thematic network approach, energy efficiency, energy management, energy resource, regional development, software, stakeholder, Sweden
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Environmental Sciences
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Sustainable Urban Development
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-36915DOI: 10.3390/su13148003ISI: 000677006700001Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85111260052OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hig-36915DiVA, id: diva2:1586302
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European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), 20204053Available from: 2021-08-19 Created: 2021-08-19 Last updated: 2023-04-14Bibliographically approved

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