Duration: 01.04.2008 - 31.03.2011
Transfer of Electricity-saving Policies (TRANSPOSE)
Electricity consumption in German households is continually growing and its high primary energy intensity has consequences for the environment and energy security. Research findings show that there is a wide variety of ways to conserve electricity in private households. Private households in Germany could conserve much more electricity than is currently the case. Barriers at a number of levels make it difficult for consumers to use energy more sparingly.
This project aims to identify these barriers and subsequently develop, on the basis of this information, policy instruments that could help stimulate and foster the sustainable use of electricity in German homes. Possible policy instruments range from better information and education strategies, measures to reduce transaction costs, and the strengthening of consumer power (such as producer-consumer dialogues) all the way to public-private partnerships, energy efficiency funds and top-runner approaches which elevate the most environmentally-friendly product technology in a market to the status of standard technology. The work to identify these policy instruments draws on examples of best practice from other countries. The TRANSPOSE project is examining the effectiveness of the individual instruments in the respective country and investigating whether it would be viable to transfer them to the German context. Transfer also means working closely with stakeholders to adapt the internationally most effective instruments for conserving electricity to the German context and initiate steps for their implementation.
Professor Doris Fuchs, PhD
University of Münster
Institute for Political Science
48151 Münster, GERMANY
Tel. +49 (0)251 8325326
Dr Kerstin Tews
Free University of Berlin
Environmental Policy Research Centre (FFU)
14195 Berlin, GERMANY
Tel: +49 (0)30 838 550 98
Öko-Institut e.V. - Institute for Applied Ecology: Veit Bürger
University of Kassel, Institute for Psychology, Social Psychology and Innovation Psychology: Junior Professor Dr Dörthe Krömker
University of Konstanz, Chair of Empirical Theory of the State: Professor Dr Volker Schneider
Verbraucherzentrale NRW (Consumer Advice Centre of North Rhine-Westphalia)
Wittenberg - Center for Global Ethics (WZGE)
Northern Alliance for Sustainability (ANPED)
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