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The economics of energy efficiency: barriers to profitable investments

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  • Schleich, Joachim

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    (Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research, Karlsruhe, Germany)

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Improving energy efficiency is seen as a core strategy for a sustainable energy system, because it may contribute to cost savings for companies and private households, cost-effectively reduces greenhouse gas emissions and other pollutants, increases security of supply for required energy services. The thrust of engineering-economic analyses suggests that there is a large potential for energy efficiency measures that are also profitable, but - because of barriers to energy efficiency - are not being adopted. This paper presents a taxonomy of these barriers, distinguishing between barriers that would warrant policy intervention and those that do not. As a case study, barriers to energy efficiency in the German higher education sector and measures to overcome those barriers are discussed.

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Paper provided by European Investment Bank, Economics Department in its series EIB Papers with number 10/2007.

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Length: 28 pages
Date of creation: 25 Jun 2007
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Handle: RePEc:ris:eibpap:2007_010

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Keywords: Energy efficiency; barriers; energy policy;

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