Introduction: new directions in energy demand research

Jenkins, Kirsten, Sorrell, Steven, Hopkins, Debbie and Roberts, Cameron (2019) Introduction: new directions in energy demand research. In: Jenkins, Kirsten E H and Hopkins, Debbie (eds.) Transitions in energy efficiency and demand: the emergence, diffusion and impact of low-carbon ennovations. Routledge Studies in Energy Transitions . Routledge, Abingdon, Oxon, UK, pp. 1-12. ISBN 9781351127264

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Abstract

Meeting the goals enshrined in the Paris Agreement and limiting global temperature increases to less than 2°C above pre-industrial levels demands rapid reductions in global carbon dioxide emissions. Reducing energy demand has a central role in achieving this goal, but existing policy initiatives have been largely incremental in terms of the technological and behavioural changes they encourage. Against this background, this book develops a sociotechnical approach to the challenge of reducing energy demand and illustrates this with a number of empirical case studies from the United Kingdom. In doing so, it explores the emergence, diffusion and impact of low-energy innovations. This chapter introduces the main themes of the book, including explorations of the processes and mechanisms through which different types of innovations become (or fail to become) established, the identification of the role of different groups, assessments of the resulting impacts on energy demand and other social goals, and the development of recommendations for both encouraging the diffusion of such innovations and maximising their long-term impact.

Item Type: Book Section
Keywords: Energy efficiency, energy demand, socio-technical transitions
Schools and Departments: School of Business, Management and Economics > SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit > SPRU Working Paper Series
Depositing User: Steven Sorrell
Date Deposited: 16 Jan 2019 12:39
Last Modified: 16 Jan 2019 13:49
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/81301

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Research Centre on Innovation and Energy DemandG1020RCUK-RESEARCH COUNCILS UKEP/K011790/1