Innovation policy for future energy system

Energy policy in Sweden finds itself at the start of 2015 undergoing a process of transformation. Despite facing numerous challenges, Sweden is in many ways well equipped to respond to such challenges. However, a number of significant challenges lie on the horizon beyond 2020. According to most assessments, it is not possible to achieve the goals set for 2050 using currently agreed or planned policy instruments.

Technological, institutional as well as political innovation will be needed in order to meet the energy targets beyond 2020 and innovation policy can, if correctly designed, play an important supplementary role to other and more general policy instruments.

The main conclusions of our study are