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CLIMATEACTION March 2001

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Fw: Organisational Barriers to Energy Efficiency

From:

Gioia Thompson <[log in to unmask]>

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Burlington Climate Protection Task Force <[log in to unmask]>

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Wed, 14 Mar 2001 20:03:56 -0800

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FYI. Comments?
Gioia

-----Original Message-----
From: Steven Sorrell <[log in to unmask]>
To: Climate Change Info Mailing List <[log in to unmask]>
Date: Monday, March 12, 2001 6:21 AM
Subject: Organisational Barriers to Energy Efficiency


>Dear Climate List
>
>I would like to bring your attention to a recently completed project
>on Barriers to Energy Efficiency In Public & Private Organisations.
>
>It has long been recognized that a range of market and organisational
>barriers inhibit the adoption of cost effective energy efficient
>technologies. As highlighted by the IPCC Working Group III report,
>characterizing and measuring these barriers remains a priority for
>climate research.
>
>This project, which was funded by the European Commission, includes 46
>in-depth case studies in the higher education, brewing and mechanical
>engineering sectors in Germany, Ireland and the UK. Various
>explanations for the neglect of efficiency opportunities were tested
>and appropriate policy interventions suggested. One of the strongest
>messages was the importance of staff time constraints, which were
>commonly perceived as getting worse. A second theme was the reluctance
>of firms to borrow for efficiency improvements and the low priority
>given to energy efficiency within internal capital budgeting
>procedures. This can be explained through a combination of difficult
>business situations, perceptions of risk associated with increased
>gearing and the strategic priorities of management. However, in many
>cases, such behaviour did not appear to be economically rational.
>Overall, the project argues that there is a strong case for government
>intervention both to overcome failures in the market for energy
>services and to reduce the ‘transaction costs’ of improving energy
>efficiency. Through such measures governments can help organisations
>to make economically efficient decisions which benefit both themselves
>and society at large.
>
>Full results from the project are available at:
>
>http://www.sussex.ac.uk/spru/environment/research/barriers.html
>
>SPRU (Science and Technology Policy Research) at the University of
>Sussex is one of the world leaders in policy research on science,
>technology and innovation and its wider social, economic and
>environmental implications.  The Environment Group at SPRU conducts
>research on a broad range of topics, including climate policy and
>energy efficiency. The Group is a member of the UK Tyndall Centre for
>Climate Change research (http://www.tyndall.uea.ac.uk).
>
>Steve Sorrell
>
>
>___________________________
>Now published by Edward Elgar:
>S. Sorrell & J. Skea, "Pollution for Sale: emissions trading & joint
>implementation", Edward Elgar email:<[log in to unmask]
>_____________________________
>Steve Sorrell, Research Fellow
>Environment Group
>SPRU (Science and Technology Policy Research)
>University of Sussex, Falmer,
>Brighton, BN1 9RF, United Kingdom
>Email: [log in to unmask]
>Tel: 44 1273 877067 (direct);  44 1273 686758 (switchboard)
>Fax: 44 1273 685865;
>Web: http://www.sussex.ac.uk/units/spru/environment/
>Produced using voice recognition software. Apologies for any strange
>errors!
>
>
>
>
>
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