Developing policy integrating sustainability: A case study into aviation. McManners, P. J. Environmental Science & Policy, 57:86--92, March, 2016.
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Support for the notion that policy should embrace sustainability is widespread but the actual incorporation of the concept into policy is proving to be difficult. To insert the word into a policy document, accompanied by some marginal changes, is enough to allow policy makers to claim that sustainability has been considered. The novel research reported here has applied sustainability analysis to the case of aviation which is one of the areas of policy where the conflict between environmental and economic objectives is most intense. It was found that sustainable policy options are blocked whilst sustainability is regarded as an add-on to existing policy. The policy stalemate exists because it is neither understood nor accepted that sustainability requires systemic change. The empirical stage of the research comprised 28 stakeholder interviews and identified four categories of action with the potential to break the stalemate in aviation which could be applied also to other areas of policy: long-term strategic planning; facilitation of dialogue between stakeholders; government support for innovation; and educating the public. The study concluded that fundamental change to the process of crafting policy is required if sustainability is to fulfil its potential to reconcile environmental and economic objectives.
@article{mcmanners_developing_2016,
	title = {Developing policy integrating sustainability: {A} case study into aviation},
	volume = {57},
	issn = {1462-9011},
	shorttitle = {Developing policy integrating sustainability},
	url = {http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1462901115301179},
	doi = {10.1016/j.envsci.2015.11.016},
	abstract = {Support for the notion that policy should embrace sustainability is widespread but the actual incorporation of the concept into policy is proving to be difficult. To insert the word into a policy document, accompanied by some marginal changes, is enough to allow policy makers to claim that sustainability has been considered. The novel research reported here has applied sustainability analysis to the case of aviation which is one of the areas of policy where the conflict between environmental and economic objectives is most intense. It was found that sustainable policy options are blocked whilst sustainability is regarded as an add-on to existing policy. The policy stalemate exists because it is neither understood nor accepted that sustainability requires systemic change. The empirical stage of the research comprised 28 stakeholder interviews and identified four categories of action with the potential to break the stalemate in aviation which could be applied also to other areas of policy: long-term strategic planning; facilitation of dialogue between stakeholders; government support for innovation; and educating the public. The study concluded that fundamental change to the process of crafting policy is required if sustainability is to fulfil its potential to reconcile environmental and economic objectives.},
	urldate = {2015-12-28},
	journal = {Environmental Science \& Policy},
	author = {McManners, Peter John},
	month = mar,
	year = {2016},
	keywords = {Aviation emissions, Aviation policy, Sustainability analysis, Sustainability policy, Sustainable aviation},
	pages = {86--92},
	file = {ScienceDirect Snapshot:files/53141/S1462901115301179.html:text/html}
}
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