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It is best to ask: Designing a stakeholder-centric approach to selecting sustainable energy development indicators

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dc.contributor Háskóli Íslands
dc.contributor University of Iceland
dc.contributor.author Gunnarsdóttir, Ingunn
dc.contributor.author Davidsdottir, Brynhildur
dc.contributor.author Worrell, Ernst
dc.contributor.author Sigurgeirsdóttir, Sigurbjörg
dc.date.accessioned 2021-02-24T15:31:56Z
dc.date.available 2021-02-24T15:31:56Z
dc.date.issued 2021-04
dc.identifier.citation Gunnarsdóttir, I., Davíðsdóttir, B., Worrell, E., & Sigurgeirsdottir, S. (2021). It is best to ask: Designing a stakeholder-centric approach to selecting sustainable energy development indicators. Energy Research & Social Science, 74, 101968. doi:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.erss.2021.101968
dc.identifier.issn 2214-6296
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11815/2470
dc.description.abstract Sustainable energy development is a complex and multi-dimensional concept that is integral to sustainable development. This paper offers an approach to selecting comprehensive and robust indicators to monitor progress towards this international policy objective. Numerous weaknesses in current indicator sets for sustainable energy development have been identified, e.g., lack of transparency, imbalanced representation of the pillars of sustainable development, and the absence of stakeholder engagement during development. Currently, no standardized approach to indicator selection exists. In this paper, an iterative process to indicator selection for sustainable energy development is presented. This process is rooted in stakeholder engagement to ensure a representative indicator set and reduce the potential for bias in indicator selection. A diverse and balanced group of stakeholders should be engaged through interviews, focus groups, and a Delphi survey to capture stakeholders' views of sustainable energy development within a particular setting. Based on stakeholder input, the main themes of sustainable energy development are identified, which corresponds to a thematic conceptual framework for indicator development. These results are connected to established indicators to produce a preliminary set of indicators. Subsequently, a set of indicator assessment criteria are applied to assess the quality of indicators and eliminate overly correlated indicators. In the end, a comprehensive and robust set of indicators for sustainable energy development is produced that reflects the context in question. To ensure the usefulness of the indicator set to decision-makers and stakeholders, information such as the necessary formulas and data sources should be provided.
dc.description.sponsorship This research was financially supported by Rannis – The Icelandic Centre for Research [grant number: 163464-051], the National Power Company of Iceland, the Icelandic Road and Coastal Administration, the Eimskip University Fund, and the Icelandic national federation of Graduate Women International. The researchers would like to thank Birgitta Steingrímsdóttir for her assistance in developing this process.
dc.format.extent 101968
dc.language.iso en
dc.publisher Elsevier BV
dc.relation.ispartofseries Energy Research & Social Science;74
dc.rights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess
dc.subject Sustainable energy development
dc.subject Sustainability indicator
dc.subject Energy indicator
dc.subject Indicator development
dc.subject Stakeholder engagement
dc.subject Interdisciplinary research
dc.subject Sjálfbærni
dc.subject Orkumál
dc.title It is best to ask: Designing a stakeholder-centric approach to selecting sustainable energy development indicators
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
dc.identifier.journal Energy Research & Social Science
dc.identifier.doi 10.1016/j.erss.2021.101968
dc.contributor.department Umhverfis- og auðlindafræði (HÍ)
dc.contributor.department Environment and Natural Resources (UI)
dc.contributor.department Stjórnmálafræðideild (HÍ)
dc.contributor.department Faculty of Political Science (UI)
dc.contributor.school Verkfræði- og náttúruvísindasvið (HÍ)
dc.contributor.school School of Engineering and Natural Sciences (UI)
dc.contributor.school Félagsvísindasvið (HÍ)
dc.contributor.school School of Social Sciences (UI)

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