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Energy Efficiency and Sustainable Consumption: The Rebound Effect

By: Horace Herring and Steve Sorrell

272 pages, illustrations

Palgrave

Hardback | Nov 2008 | #179625 | ISBN-13: 9780230525344
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About this book

This book explores the reasons why improved energy efficiency may not reduce energy consumption. It provides a detailed analysis of the rebound effect and highlights its far-reaching implications for energy and climate policy. It presents the latest research on the topic from international experts in the field. It effectively combines empirical and theoretical studies of the rebound effect at both the micro and macro levels. It integrates economic studies of the rebound effect with broader socio-cultural and political perspectives.

The book challenges conventional wisdom by showing how, in some circumstances, improved energy efficiency may increase energy consumption. Relying upon energy efficiency to reduce carbon emissions could therefore be misguided. The book explores the broader implications for climate change and sustainable consumption.

'Written for researchers, policy-makers and environmentalist, the book summarises the current state of knowledge, presents new research and explores the conditions under which energy efficiency can contribute to sustainability.' - International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education 'Written for researchers, policy-makers and environmentalist, the book summarises the current state of knowledge, presents new research and explores the conditions under which energy efficiency can contribute to sustainability.' - International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education


Contents

Introduction; S.Sorrell and H.Herring; PART I: MICRO REBOUND EFFECTS; The Evidence for Direct Rebound Effects; S.Sorrell; Fuel Efficiency and Automobile Travel in Germany: An Econometric Analysis of the Rebound Effect; M.Frondel, J.Peters and C.Vance; PART II: MACRO REBOUND EFFECTS; Modelling the Economy-Wide Rebound Effect; G.Allen, M.Gilmartin, P.G.McGregor, J.K.Swales and K.Turner; Specifying Technology for Analyzing Rebound; H.Saunders; Energy Efficiency and Economic Growth: The 'Rebound Effect' as a Driver; R.U.Ayres and B.Warr; Exploring Jevons' Paradox; S.Sorrell; PART III: REBOUND EFFECTS AND SUSTAINABLE CONSUMPTION; Time-Use Rebound Effects: An Activity-Based View of Consumption; M.Jalas; Rebound and Rational Public Policy Making; R.Levett; Avoiding Rebound through a Steady-State Economy; J.S.Norgard; Sufficiency and the Rebound Effect; H.Herring; Conclusion; S.Sorrell & H.Herring.

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Biography

HORACE HERRING is a freelance researcher and writer based at the Open University, UK. His research interests include energy efficiency, environmental history and sustainable consumption. STEVE SORRELL is a Senior Fellow in the Sussex Energy Group at SPRU, Sussex University, UK. His research interests include energy efficiency, climate policy and emissions trading.

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