Viability assessment of the biogas development in Jæren
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The main purpose of this thesis is to explore the existing will to accelerate biogas production in South Jæren (Sør-Jæren), more precisely in the communities of Vigrestad, Varhaug, and Nærbø. It centers on analyzing the agricultural industry and incentives from government entities to promote biogas development in the area. It has also analyzed the current factors in the region that prevent the transition from taking place, such as expenses generated by transport, agricultural regulations, and, most importantly, the participation of farmers in such decision-making. The Norwegian authorities have envisioned biogas as a potential catalyst for the region's economy, as well as being an agent in Norway's greener transition, helping farmers manage waste, creating green energy, and reducing local pollution. There exist two impactful alliances from well-known companies, Felleskjøpet, Lyse, and Ivar being one, and Tine, Nortura, Ivar, Air Liquide, and Greve Biogas being the second. They have shown interest in investing in the development of biogas plants in South Jæren. In this sense, the study aims to examine the changes. Implementing the Multi-level Perspective theory has helped identify the actors and the interplay of such within the transition. This thesis evaluates the current transition management, which aims to promote biogas as a key factor in mitigating methane emissions caused by livestock manure, as well as a possible route of additional economic development for farmers. The investigation was implemented as a research strategy of interviews with an inductive and abductive approach conducted with local farmers to examine the current landscape in the area. Based on this data collection, this paper concludes that in order to obtain satisfactory development, it is crucial to address every actor and aspect in the chain by implementing a competent transition management process. Furthermore, it is necessary for the interplay of every actor not to repress the development of the technology. Det lukter penger!