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Barriers for Renewable Energy Technologies Diffusion: Empirical Evidence from Finland and Poland

Version 1 : Received: 30 December 2021 / Approved: 31 December 2021 / Online: 31 December 2021 (13:54:01 CET)

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Juszczyk, O.; Juszczyk, J.; Juszczyk, S.; Takala, J. Barriers for Renewable Energy Technologies Diffusion: Empirical Evidence from Finland and Poland. Energies 2022, 15, 527. Juszczyk, O.; Juszczyk, J.; Juszczyk, S.; Takala, J. Barriers for Renewable Energy Technologies Diffusion: Empirical Evidence from Finland and Poland. Energies 2022, 15, 527.

Journal reference: Energies 2022, 15, 527
DOI: 10.3390/en15020527

Abstract

A harmful impact of climate change and global warming has concerned various sectors of the international community. Numerous energy policies aiming at climate change mitigation have been implemented on a national and global scale. Renewable Energy Technologies (RET) play a critical role in enhancing sustainable solutions that significantly limit greenhouse gases (GHG) emissions. Such innovative technologies can facilitate energy transition through providing e.g. energy security, sustainable development, or effective usage of indigenous resources. However, the commercialization of RET becomes extremely challenging. The barriers can be of a different nature, although in this study the focus has been put on socio-economic and regulatory issues. In fact, there is ample evidence that energy policies play a central role in supporting renewables adoption. It is also claimed that RET require the whole ecosystem to support their successful diffusion. In this study, we explore multifarious barriers for a widespread RET diffusion in two European Union countries: Finland and Poland, indicating the most common barriers existing in the literature as well as analyzing major bottlenecks in the viewpoint of renewable energy companies’ executives. We also present statistics of the most commonly used RET in these countries in order to express the diffusion issues more appropriately. The outcomes of this study provide useful insight for the researchers in the energy transition field as well as practical managerial and regulatory implications aimed at overcoming these challenges.

Keywords

renewable energy; technology diffusion; innovation management; energy policy; sustainable development; European Union (EU); barriers

Subject

SOCIAL SCIENCES, Organizational Economics & Management

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