The need for comprehensive and well targeted policy mixes to stimulate energy transitions: the case of energy efficiency policy.

Rosenow, Jan, Kern, Florian and Rogge, Karoline (2017) The need for comprehensive and well targeted policy mixes to stimulate energy transitions: the case of energy efficiency policy. Energy Research & Social Science, 33. pp. 95-104. ISSN 2214-6296

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Abstract

To meet global climate goals an energy transition is needed. However, energy transitions are complex and longterm
processes and require a variety of public policy interventions to steer their direction and speed to achieve
global climate change mitigation targets. One area where policy support is required is energy efficiency, which
offers a high potential for carbon savings. It is widely acknowledged that energy efficiency improvements will
need to be faster and deeper than is currently the case and this requires policy instrument mixes to support both
those energy efficiency measures that are simple and cost-effective as well as more complex and costly technologies.
In other words, policy mixes need to be well-targeted and comprehensive. In this paper, we address the
issue of comprehensiveness in terms of technology-specificity and the level of complexity and costliness of
energy efficiency measures. We use an existing dataset produced as part of a pan-European effort to understand
instrument mixes in 14 EU Member States in the area of energy efficiency. Based on the empirical analysis and
our segmentation of instrument types and their role in the overall mix, we illustrate the need for using a
comprehensive instrument mix rather than single instruments.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Business, Management and Economics > SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labour > HD9000 Special industries and trades > HD9502 Energy industries. Energy policy. Fuel trade
Depositing User: Jan Rosenow
Date Deposited: 24 Nov 2017 16:01
Last Modified: 24 Nov 2017 16:01
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/71564

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