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Title: Energy efficiency programmes in the spotlight - analysis of governmental, institutional and entrepreneurial energy efficiency programmes : target groups, governance mechanisms and factors of success
Authors : Lobsiger-Kägi, Evelyn
Carabias-Hütter, Vicente
Proceedings: Proceedings of the International Conference ‘Smart Energy Regions’ : Cardiff, UK, 11th and 12th February 2016
Pages : 31
Pages to: 44
Editors of the parent work: Patterson, Jo
Varriale, Fabrizio
Publisher / Ed. Institution : The Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff University
Publisher / Ed. Institution: Cardiff
Issue Date: 2016
License (according to publishing contract) : Licence according to publishing contract
Type of review: Not specified
Language : English
Subjects : Target group; Programme; Governance; Energy efficiency
Subject (DDC) : 333.7: Land, recreational areas and energy
Abstract: To be sustainable, life styles will have to adapt to low energy use (European Commission 2009), an effort which needs to be supported by energy efficiency programmes as well. Energy efficiency means providing the same benefit (output) with less energy input. This can be achieved by adoption of existing, more efficient technologies and energy system solutions or by an optimized matching of energy supply and demand. To foster application of these technologies and behaviours in households, administrations and companies, it requires incentives such as taxes, grants or on-site advice by experts. The initiators of such energy efficiency programmes are diverse: national or regional administrations or institutions, but also energy service companies (ESCO) or financial service companies. How do these programmes work, who is addressed by whom and what are innovative models of such programs? Our desk research about energy efficiency programs in selected OECD-countries analyses target groups, governance mechanisms, factors of success and shows innovative programmes of the different initiators mentioned above. Working together with other institutions for the setup and operation of an energy efficiency programme is important. According to our findings, this could be done better, especially from the national initiator’s side. Architects and construction companies are rarely appealed by any of the initiators and facility owners and maintenance staff only by ESCOs. In general ESCOs very often have programmes, which are a combination of governance mechanisms, which would probably be effective in programmes of national and regional institutions as well.
Departement: School of Engineering
Organisational Unit: Institute of Sustainable Development (INE)
Publication type: Conference Paper
DOI : 10.21256/zhaw-4241
ISBN: 978-1-899895-23-6
Published as part of the ZHAW project : Towards Smart Energy Regions: Exploring Future Energy-Systems at Regional Level
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