Toward Prospective Voluntary Agreements: Reflections from a Hydrogen Foresight Project

Journal of Cleaner Production, 2007, 15 (3): 259-26

Posted: 7 Jun 2013

See all articles by Totti Könnölä

Totti Könnölä

VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland

Gregory Unruh

Independent

Javier Carrillo-Hermosilla

University of Alcala, School of Economic and Business Sciences

Date Written: April 11, 2006

Abstract

There is substantial interest in promoting the emergence of a hydrogen-based energy economy. If successful, this would represent a policyled, discontinuous transition away from existing fossil fuel-based systems. Such a move has few precedents and few policy tools exist to manage such a complex and uncertain endeavour. Furthermore, existing hydrocarbon energy systems can be considered Techno-Institutional Complexes (TIC), which have developed through the path dependent co-evolution of physical technologies and social institutions. These complexes have numerous structures that ensure their perpetuation and create important barriers to the implementation of alternatives like hydrogen-based systems. The authors explore the application of prospective voluntary agreements (PVA) as a policy tool/process that can help facilitate a move towards a hydrogen-based economy through foresight and negotiation. From this perspective, we look at the recent case of the Nordic Hydrogen Energy Foresight project for evidence.

Keywords: Carbon lock-in, Environmental voluntary agreement, Foresight, Hydrogen economy, Increasing returns, Path dependence

Suggested Citation

Könnölä, Totti and Unruh, Gregory and Carrillo-Hermosilla, Javier, Toward Prospective Voluntary Agreements: Reflections from a Hydrogen Foresight Project (April 11, 2006). Journal of Cleaner Production, 2007, 15 (3): 259-26. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2275239

Totti Könnölä

VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland ( email )

FIN-02044 VTT
Finland

Gregory Unruh

Independent ( email )

Javier Carrillo-Hermosilla (Contact Author)

University of Alcala, School of Economic and Business Sciences ( email )

Plaza de la Victoria s/n
Alcala de Henares, Madrid 28802
Spain

Register to save articles to
your library

Register

Paper statistics

Abstract Views
236
PlumX Metrics