Book Chapter Details
Mandatory Fields
Jensen, C., R°pke, I., Goggins, G. and Fahy, F.
2019 June
Energy Demand Challenges in Europe
Framing the Sustainable Energy Challenge and Implications for Solutions
Palgrave Pivot
Optional Fields
Energy demand; Problem framings; Energy policy; Sustainable consumption; Transformation
Sustainable consumption policies often rely on ecological modernisation rationality, where the focus is usually on making current consumption patterns more sustainable in such a way that status quo (ideas about the quality of life and growth) is not challenged. As a result, sustainable energy policies tend to black box the demand-side, often resulting in abstracting efficiency strategies from the social organisation within which the strategies and resulting solutions unfold. Rebound effects and other unintended consequences often happen as a result of this type of efficiency strategies. This chapter introduces alternative problem framings that may offer a way to mitigate rebound effects by addressing and challenging a wider set of socio-material, cultural and institutional aspects of energy demand.
Grant Details
Horizon 2020 GA number 727642
Publication Themes
Applied Social Sciences and Public Policy, Environment, Marine and Energy