Managing the rebound effect
Extreme pessimists argue that energy efficiency policies are futile. If we save energy, and money, we will simply use the saved money to increase our demands for energy services and so increase our energy use. This concept paper discusses how energy sufficiency and the rebound effect interact.
Is it enough just going passive?
What is an energy sufficient building? How far from this are the buildings we currently live and work in? How can we encourage more sufficient buildings that enable us to live better? Our report, due to be published in the next few weeks, will explore these questions and offer suggestions for the way forward.
Why energy sufficiency and not just plain efficiency?
Despite increasing energy efficiency, energy demand at a global level keeps growing. In Europe, efficiency has kept energy demand growth in check as demands for energy services have increased. But this is not enough: we need to reduce energy use significantly.
The energy sufficiency library
eceee's energy sufficiency library contains all concept papers, workshop reports and presentations from the Energy Sufficiency project. It also highlights relevant reports from other sources to help you dig deeper and better understand what sufficiency might mean for you and our society.