Are Energy Security Concerns Dominating Environmental Concerns? Evidence from Stakeholder Participation Processes on Energy Transition in Jordan

Komendantova N ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2568-6179, Ekenberg L ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0665-1889, Marashdeh L, Al Salaymeh A, Danielson M, & Linnerooth-Bayer J (2018). Are Energy Security Concerns Dominating Environmental Concerns? Evidence from Stakeholder Participation Processes on Energy Transition in Jordan. Climate 6 (4): e88. DOI:10.3390/cli6040088.

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Abstract

To satisfy Jordan’s growing demand for electricity and to diversify its energy mix, the Jordanian government is considering a number of electricity-generation technologies that would allow for locally available resources to be used alongside imported energy. Energy policy in Jordan aims to address both climate change mitigation and energy security by increasing the share of low-carbon technologies and domestically available resources in the Jordanian electricity mix. Existing technological alternatives include the scaling up of renewable energy sources, such as solar and wind; the deployment of nuclear energy; and shale oil exploration. However, the views, perceptions, and opinions regarding these technologies—their benefits, risks, and costs—vary significantly among different social groups both inside and outside the country. Considering the large-scale policy intervention that would be needed to deploy these technologies, a compromise solution must be reached. This paper is based on the results of a four-year research project that included extensive stakeholder processes in Jordan, involving several social groups and the application of various methods of participatory governance research, such as multi-criteria decision-making. The results show the variety of opinions expressed and provide insights into each type of electricity-generation technology and its relevance for each stakeholder group. There is a strong prevalence of economic rationality in the results, given that electricity-system costs are prioritized by almost all stakeholder groups.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: energy policy in Jordan; participatory governance; conflicting views of different stakeholders groups; perceptions of risks; benefits and costs of electricity-generation technologies; compromise solutions
Research Programs: Advanced Systems Analysis (ASA)
Risk & Resilience (RISK)
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Depositing User: Luke Kirwan
Date Deposited: 02 Nov 2018 08:15
Last Modified: 14 May 2019 11:58
URI: http://pure.iiasa.ac.at/15559

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