Pioneer countries in the transition to alternative transport fuels: comparison of ethanol programmes and policies in Brazil, Malawi and Sweden
2014 (English)In: Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions, ISSN 2210-4224, E-ISSN 2210-4232, Vol. 11, 1-24 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Efforts to develop alternative transport fuels and vehicles are found in countries varying tremendously in their level of economic development. In this paper, we compare the alternative fuels transition, focusing on ethanol, in three countries: Brazil, Malawi and Sweden. Each can be described as a pioneer in developing the physical and institutional infrastructure and stimulating innovation towards alternative transport fuels. We assess the transition in these pioneer countries based on niche formation and interaction with regime and landscape levels. Particular reference is made to spatial and temporal path dependencies and to the significance of cross-scale and cross-sector effects that impact the innovation process. As other countries and regions develop programmes to address the twin challenges of energy security and climate change, they can benefit from a better understanding of linkages between techno-economic and socio-technical factors in transition paths of pioneer countries, across different scales and different stages of economic development.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. Vol. 11, 1-24 p.
market leader, ethanol, niche, historical transition, pioneer country, alternative transport fuels
Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
Research subject Energy Technology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-155685DOI: 10.1016/j.eist.2013.08.001ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84901434341OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-155685DiVA: diva2:761883
QC 201411122014-11-092014-11-092015-03-06Bibliographically approved