This paper focuses on the barriers for sustainable development in the Danish plastic industry based on four case studies of Danish plastic companies. To research this, we have conducted a qualitative interview study and analyzed the data with Geel’s dynamic multilevel model, transition theory and Jäncke’s model of multi-level-governance. These theories contribute to the study by shedding a light on the complexity of the sustainable transition of technological systems and industries, as well as the governance perspective of sustainable transition.
The analysis first examines how laws and regulations affect some of the cases in relation to sustainable production. Afterwards, the analysis examines the companies’ perceptions of sustainable development, both in regards to their own contribution to the development and their general perception of sustainability. Furthermore, the analysis explores how the companies perceive the general public’s criticism of plastic, and how this may affect them. Based on the analysis the paper then assess whether sustainable development is attainable in the Danish plastic industry.
The paper concludes, that legislation and regulations aren’t the main barriers for sustainable development in the plastic industry. The main barriers are the companies’ own perceptions of sustainability and the current technological options. Some sections of the plastic industry have the technological possibilities which are required for a sustainable transition, while other sectors lack the technological development and a strong sense of sustainability to accomplish this.
|Uddannelser||Basis - Samfundsvidenskabelig Bacheloruddannelse, (Bachelor uddannelse) Basis|
|Udgivelsesdato||24 maj 2019|
|Vejledere||Cristina C. Landt|
- Bæredygtig omstilling
- Sociotekniske systemer