Backcasting from sustainability principles – a case from a regional climate policy process in West Sweden
Paper in proceeding, 2016

Global sustainability goals and radical innovation put many of today’s societal systems under pressure. It is a question of transitions, where new governance- approaches are sought after to guide, induce and accelerate the transitions into desirable pathways. In this paper a regional policy process aiming at creating a new climate strategy for the region is studied. The process in which 100 stakeholders took part followed a backcasting-approach from sustainability principles and had the ambition to integrate social, economical and ecological dimensions of sustainability. The results point at that principles- based approaches can play a role in addressing the complex issues ahead as they: (1) can open up for transformation by guiding thinking beyond today’s unsustainable and locked-in systems; (2) support the handling of complex issues and frame challenges for integrated measures, and; (3) form a common ground as shared mental models to in dialogue foster perspective awareness, trust-building and create new actor-constellations for future collaboration.

challenge lab sustainability transition backcasting


Johan Larsson

Chalmers, Energy and Environment, Physical Resource Theory

John Holmberg

Chalmers, Energy and Environment, Physical Resource Theory

IST 2016 Book of Conference Papers

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