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Carbon Budgets as a Climate Governance Tool - A Study of Five Swedish Municipalities and County Administrative Boards
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Earth Sciences, Department of Earth Sciences.
2019 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This thesis explores the recent case of using carbon budgets in present-day local and regional climate governance in Sweden as compliment to the national climate goals. Through the concept of governmentality and four analytics of government this paper looks at how the practice of budgeting carbon influences how the climate is perceived and problematized in local climate governance. The thesis follow an ongoing project where a few municipalities and county administrative boards commissioned estimated carbon budgets specific for their geographical area that were in turn based on the global carbon budget and associated research. As such, this thesis looks at how carbon budgeting, as an alternative way of representing the climate in comparison to the national climate targets, influences how climate issues are deliberated among municipal and county officials in these particular cases. Using empirical material based on interviews with six officials from five different municipalities and county administrative boards as well as one of the researchers involved in the project this paper explored the question of how carbon budgeting have bearing on local and regional climate governance. The thesis is positioned within literature that draws attention to the question of how the climate is rendered governable through practices of carbon accounting in contemporary climate governance. My results indicate that carbon budgeting is perceived among municipal and county officials primarily as a useful communication tool in their professional role to build awareness around climate issues. Moreover, the results reveal how accomplishment of the rapid transition pathways suggested by the carbon budget project is perceived as outside the scope of municipal authority. Nonetheless, the results also reveal how the notion of a finite amount of emissions have induced deliberations about what constitute an appropriate vision for local and regional climate targets and also around the accountability of different actors in relation to a finite territorial budget. Finally, this paper points towards suggestions for further research on carbon budgets in municipal and county climate governance in Sweden.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2019. , p. 41
Series
Examensarbete vid Institutionen för geovetenskaper, ISSN 1650-6553 ; 2019/16
Keywords [en]
Sustainable Development, Carbon Budgets, Climate Governance, Governmentality, Municipalities, Carbon Accounting
National Category
Natural Sciences Earth and Related Environmental Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-387404OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-387404DiVA, id: diva2:1328858
Educational program
Master Programme in Sustainable Development
Presentation
2019-05-24, Geocentrum, Villavägen 16, 21:11 (English)
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Available from: 2019-08-30 Created: 2019-06-23 Last updated: 2019-07-03Bibliographically approved

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