Can We Retain the Economy-Wide Benefits of Energy Efficiency While Reducing the Energy Rebound?

Lisa Ryan, Karen Turner, Gioele Figus, Nina Campbell, Patrizio Lecca, Peter McGregor, Kim Swales

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Abstract

Economy-wide rebound is often presented as a necessary ‘evil’ accompanying economic expansion triggered by energy efficiency improvements. We challenge this position in two, inter-related ways. First, we question the emphasis on potential technical energy savings and losses due to rebound in energy efficiency policy evaluation. This abstracts from the wider economic and societal impacts of energy efficiency improvements that are often positive and valuable to policy makers. Second, we propose that economic expansion and economy-wide rebound need not be highly correlated. We argue that energy efficiency actions targeted at improving the competitiveness of less energy-intensive means of providing services, such as heat and transport, may provide opportunities to boost economic activity while minimising rebound effects. This perspective involves a change in current policy and research thinking, particularly in terms of the type of substitution possibilities that we should focus on in enhancing energy efficiency, economic expansion and rebound relations.
LanguageEnglish
Place of PublicationGlasgow
PublisherUniversity of Strathclyde
Number of pages29
Publication statusPublished - May 2016

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Energy conservation
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Keywords

  • renewable energy policy
  • climate change
  • Scotland
  • UK energy market
  • electricity supply
  • economy-wide rebound
  • energy efficiency

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Can We Retain the Economy-Wide Benefits of Energy Efficiency While Reducing the Energy Rebound? / Ryan, Lisa; Turner, Karen; Figus, Gioele; Campbell, Nina; Lecca, Patrizio; McGregor, Peter; Swales, Kim.

Glasgow : University of Strathclyde, 2016. 29 p.

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