Considering the welfare impacts of energy efficiency and rebound

Karen Turner, Lisa Ryan, Nina Campbell, patrizio lecca

Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationArticle

Abstract

Improving energy efficiency is widely accepted as one of the most cost-effective means to reduce CO2 emissions through reduction in fossil fuel energy consumption (IEA, 2014a). However, the benefits are not limited to energy and greenhouse gas emission savings. There are other considerable benefits from improving energy efficiency that are now being coined the ‘multiple benefits of energy efficiency’ (IEA, 2014b). These benefits extend from individual level to regional and national level and across economic, social and environmental outcomes. Notwithstanding this, the merit of energy efficiency as a mitigation measure is regularly called into question with allusions to the ‘rebound effect’. Rebound occurs when the realised reduction in energy demand is less than the engineering estimates predict, because of price and income effects occurring directly or indirectly in different areas of the economic system. The research question in this paper is whether energy efficiency rebound effects are in fact welfareenhancing from a societal perspective. We go a step further and propose that without rebound, the benefits of energy efficiency would be limited to the single vector of energy use.
LanguageEnglish
Pages7-9
Number of pages3
VolumeSpecial issue
Specialist publicationIAEE Energy Forum
Publication statusPublished - 2015

Fingerprint

Energy efficiency
Economics
Gas emissions
Fossil fuels
Greenhouse gases
Rebound
Energy utilization
Costs
Rebound effect

Keywords

  • energy efficiency
  • rebound
  • welfare
  • household
  • fuel poverty

Cite this

Turner, K., Ryan, L., Campbell, N., & lecca, P. (2015). Considering the welfare impacts of energy efficiency and rebound. IAEE Energy Forum, Special issue, 7-9.
Turner, Karen ; Ryan, Lisa ; Campbell, Nina ; lecca, patrizio. / Considering the welfare impacts of energy efficiency and rebound. In: IAEE Energy Forum. 2015 ; Vol. Special issue. pp. 7-9.
@misc{72a15b7fe12c4e5eb556c7a128d0bb8f,
title = "Considering the welfare impacts of energy efficiency and rebound",
abstract = "Improving energy efficiency is widely accepted as one of the most cost-effective means to reduce CO2 emissions through reduction in fossil fuel energy consumption (IEA, 2014a). However, the benefits are not limited to energy and greenhouse gas emission savings. There are other considerable benefits from improving energy efficiency that are now being coined the ‘multiple benefits of energy efficiency’ (IEA, 2014b). These benefits extend from individual level to regional and national level and across economic, social and environmental outcomes. Notwithstanding this, the merit of energy efficiency as a mitigation measure is regularly called into question with allusions to the ‘rebound effect’. Rebound occurs when the realised reduction in energy demand is less than the engineering estimates predict, because of price and income effects occurring directly or indirectly in different areas of the economic system. The research question in this paper is whether energy efficiency rebound effects are in fact welfareenhancing from a societal perspective. We go a step further and propose that without rebound, the benefits of energy efficiency would be limited to the single vector of energy use.",
keywords = "energy efficiency, rebound, welfare, household, fuel poverty",
author = "Karen Turner and Lisa Ryan and Nina Campbell and patrizio lecca",
year = "2015",
language = "English",
volume = "Special issue",
pages = "7--9",
journal = "IAEE Energy Forum",
issn = "1944-3188",

}

Turner, K, Ryan, L, Campbell, N & lecca, P 2015, 'Considering the welfare impacts of energy efficiency and rebound' IAEE Energy Forum, vol. Special issue, pp. 7-9.

Considering the welfare impacts of energy efficiency and rebound. / Turner, Karen; Ryan, Lisa; Campbell, Nina; lecca, patrizio.

In: IAEE Energy Forum, Vol. Special issue, 2015, p. 7-9.

Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationArticle

TY - GEN

T1 - Considering the welfare impacts of energy efficiency and rebound

AU - Turner, Karen

AU - Ryan, Lisa

AU - Campbell, Nina

AU - lecca, patrizio

PY - 2015

Y1 - 2015

N2 - Improving energy efficiency is widely accepted as one of the most cost-effective means to reduce CO2 emissions through reduction in fossil fuel energy consumption (IEA, 2014a). However, the benefits are not limited to energy and greenhouse gas emission savings. There are other considerable benefits from improving energy efficiency that are now being coined the ‘multiple benefits of energy efficiency’ (IEA, 2014b). These benefits extend from individual level to regional and national level and across economic, social and environmental outcomes. Notwithstanding this, the merit of energy efficiency as a mitigation measure is regularly called into question with allusions to the ‘rebound effect’. Rebound occurs when the realised reduction in energy demand is less than the engineering estimates predict, because of price and income effects occurring directly or indirectly in different areas of the economic system. The research question in this paper is whether energy efficiency rebound effects are in fact welfareenhancing from a societal perspective. We go a step further and propose that without rebound, the benefits of energy efficiency would be limited to the single vector of energy use.

AB - Improving energy efficiency is widely accepted as one of the most cost-effective means to reduce CO2 emissions through reduction in fossil fuel energy consumption (IEA, 2014a). However, the benefits are not limited to energy and greenhouse gas emission savings. There are other considerable benefits from improving energy efficiency that are now being coined the ‘multiple benefits of energy efficiency’ (IEA, 2014b). These benefits extend from individual level to regional and national level and across economic, social and environmental outcomes. Notwithstanding this, the merit of energy efficiency as a mitigation measure is regularly called into question with allusions to the ‘rebound effect’. Rebound occurs when the realised reduction in energy demand is less than the engineering estimates predict, because of price and income effects occurring directly or indirectly in different areas of the economic system. The research question in this paper is whether energy efficiency rebound effects are in fact welfareenhancing from a societal perspective. We go a step further and propose that without rebound, the benefits of energy efficiency would be limited to the single vector of energy use.

KW - energy efficiency

KW - rebound

KW - welfare

KW - household

KW - fuel poverty

UR - http://www.iaee.org/en/publications/fullnewsletter.aspx?id=35

UR - http://www.iaee15.org/

M3 - Article

VL - Special issue

SP - 7

EP - 9

JO - IAEE Energy Forum

T2 - IAEE Energy Forum

JF - IAEE Energy Forum

SN - 1944-3188

ER -