About the project

This research project has focused on the following question: “What promotes and hinders transition pathways to the development and deployment of integrated biorefineries in Sweden?” Contributing to the literature on sustainability transitions, the project examines the role of incumbent and emergent industries, policy regulations, and regional context in a transition to biorefineries and biofuels. The project seeks to answer the following research sub-questions:

  1. How do different Swedish firms and industries (incumbent and emergent) react to the opportunities and threats posed by a biorefinery transition?
  2. How is the development and deployment of integrated Swedish biorefineries shaped by framework conditions and policy regulations and to what extent is there a need for change to facilitate a transition?
  3. To what extent are Swedish biorefinery transition pathways influenced by different regional contexts?

By comparing Swedish and international biorefineries, this will provide a thorough examination of the constraining factors and development perspectives for integrated biorefineries in Sweden.

Several scientific articles have been produced as interim deliveries within the project.


Lars Coenen, earlier at Lund University


Fredric Bauer, Teis Hansen, Kes McCormick and Yuliya Voytenko, Lund University // Hans Hellsmark, Chalmers // Johanna Mossberg, SP/Chalmers Industriteknik IE

Time plan
July 2014 - October 2016

Total project cost
2 000 000 SEK

Swedish Energy Agency, the f3 partners, Lund University, SP and Chalmers

Swedish Energy Agency's project number within the collaborative research program