Justice in energy transition scenarios: Perspectives from Swedish energy politics


  • Patrik Baard Universitetet i Oslo
  • Anders Melin Malmö Universitet
  • Gunnhildur Lily Magnusdottir Malmö Universitet




In this article we justify why justice ought to be considered in scenarios of energy transitions, stipulate what dimensions should reasonably be considered, and investigate whether such considerations are taken in Swedish parliamentary debates on energy policies. Through interviews we investigated how Swedish parliamentary politicians think through justice in energy transitions, providing a practical perspective. We conclude that while there is some overlap between minimal conditions for energy justice and the issues brought forward by Swedish politicians, several issues are omitted. Examples include procedural justice and recognizing Sámi interests. On the other hand, principles of energy justice omit economic issues, which are however often brought up by respondents. It can be argued that justice issues, and not only the technical and economic issues that currently dominate the political debate, should be considered in energy transitions. It is therefore unfortunate that questions about justice are not adequately recognized by Swedish members of parliament, as outlined here by interview results. Stronger conclusions would require more empirical work, but the article points out several discrepancies between the topics discussed in the research literature on energy policies, and the topics discussed by elected parliamentarians having a specific focus on energy policies.

Keywords: energy justice; energy transitions; Swedish energy policies; climate justice


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Baard, P., Melin, A., & Lily Magnusdottir, G. (2023). Justice in energy transition scenarios: Perspectives from Swedish energy politics. Etikk I Praksis - Nordic Journal of Applied Ethics, 17(2), 23-39. https://doi.org/10.5324/eip.v17i2.5026



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