An Eco-Design and Innovation Feasibility Study of Low-Carbon Illumination Technologies for the Tertiary Sector in Denmark

Araceli Bjarklev

Publikation: Bog/antologi/afhandling/rapportPh.d.-afhandling

Abstract

This thesis presents an eco-design and innovation feasibility study that focuses on the Danish lighting sector. The main general research objective is: To identify possibilities for further innovations that can contribute to reducing CO2 emissions and reduce the use of fossil fuels. An integrated objective is to contribute by discussing the elements that a new framework for eco-design and innovation feasibility studies could provide to the evaluation of technologies that will facilitate a response to the climate, energy and economic development challenges the illumination sector in Denmark faces today.
To achieve these goals, this study integrates three different levels of systemic analysis: Firstly, the product system analysis, where technological possibilities to improve energy efficiency are discussed and new technological improvements identified. Secondly, it takes into consideration the product-service system, where the new technological improvements are assessed in relation to consumers’ needs and relevant technological and institutional capacity. Finally, this study uses a technological-innovation system perspective to assess existing conditions for the establishment, further development and implementation of new illumination technologies.
The study uses both quantitative and qualitative methods, since it is directed towards an understanding of the technological aspects when designing concrete solutions aimed at reducing environmental impacts by improving energy efficiency, while at the same time, focusing on the structural and qualitative elements of the technologies. Thus, this analysis takes into consideration consumer preferences, policy instruments, and innovation system structural conditions as the material or hardware technological aspects to be considered when designing and innovating low-carbon technologies to solve current environmental and energy global challenges. The main empirical material to develop this research is obtained on the basis of an intensive/participatory case study.
The practical results of this work can be summarised as follows: It contributes to the development of a new emerging technology, bringing together and activating a group of relevant actors and their capacity to continue developing such solutions. Finally, the work discusses the relevant elements to be considered in a more general framework for a low-carbon technology feasibility analysis.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
ForlagRoskilde Universitet
Antal sider391
ISBN (Trykt)978-87-7349-809-5
StatusUdgivet - 31 maj 2012

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