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Contributors: Sonnberger, Marco (ZIRIUS Research Centre)


2009-present: Research assistant and Ph.D. student at University of Stuttgart - Stuttgart Research Center on Interdisciplinary Risk and Innovation Studies

2003-2009 University of Stuttgart and University of Heidelberg: Master of Arts (M.A.), Sociology; Political Science

Scientific paper contribution: Rebound effects from a practice theoretical perspective
Abstract: Innovation in energy efficiency is one of the favored roads to a sustainable energy system. However, it is questionable if energy efficiency policies alone will be sufficient to meet energy and climate policy targets. The so called rebound effect is supposed to – at least partly – diminish actual energy savings resulting from measures to increase energy efficiency. The term rebound effect thereby describes the behavioral response to efficiency improvements in the direction of a higher demand of resource-consuming products or services thereby partly (or completely) reducing the potential energy savings. So far, rebound effects have been mainly studied from an economic perspective. Some researchers already pointed out that in addition to price and income effects, psychological and sociological causes might be relevant for the occurrence of rebound effects as well. However, studies analyzing psychological and sociological factors in relation to the rebound effect are rare. Thus, this paper discusses the potential of a practice theoretical approach for analyzing the occurrence of rebound effects.