Ethical dilemmas in wind-farm planning. On scale, norms and value-sets

Katinka Johansen

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    Abstract

    This conference paper is inspired by applied research on the social/planning dimensions of the Danish experience with wind-farm construction and development. While national policies target sustainability in many cases the broader public still hesitate to accept the construction of existing green technological infrastructure (Jolivet & Heiskanen 2010; Bergek 2010). Such as wind farms. One could argue that we are dealing with the utilitarian principle of the greatest good for the greatest number of people (Børsen & Danborg 2015; 87) when planning and siting wind-farms. But this does not diminish the real grievance felt by local populations when facing local renewable energy infrastructures. With the case of wind-farm planning in Denmark the research ambition here is to illuminate existing ethical dilemmas played out in this policy field of friction between clashing value-sets and norms (Recke 2011), reflecting the conflicting scales of national political ideals and local life-worlds. This research underscores the need for an applied philosophical approach to such inherent dilemmas in policy decisions.
    Original languageEnglish
    Publication date2016
    Publication statusPublished - 2016
    Event4S/EASST CONFERENCE BARCELONA – 2016: SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY BY OTHER MEANS - Barcelona, Spain
    Duration: 31 Aug 20163 Sep 2016

    Conference

    Conference4S/EASST CONFERENCE BARCELONA – 2016: SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY BY OTHER MEANS
    CountrySpain
    CityBarcelona
    Period31/08/201603/09/2016

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    Johansen, K. (2016). Ethical dilemmas in wind-farm planning. On scale, norms and value-sets. Abstract from 4S/EASST CONFERENCE BARCELONA – 2016: SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY BY OTHER MEANS, Barcelona, Spain.