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dc.contributor.authorJensen, Charlotte Louise
dc.contributor.authorGoggins, Gary
dc.contributor.authorRøpke, Inge
dc.contributor.authorFahy, Frances
dc.identifier.citationJensen, Charlotte Louise, Goggins, Gary, Røpke, Inge, & Fahy, Frances. (2019). Achieving sustainability transitions in residential energy use across Europe: The importance of problem framings. Energy Policy, 133, 110927. doi:
dc.description.abstractReducing greenhouse gas emissions in the residential sector is central to European energy policy. However, the speed and scale of sustainable energy transitions need to accelerate. There is a growing consensus that meeting energy targets is highly dependent on interrelated socio-material and cultural aspects of energy use. New ways of framing energy demand that go beyond dominant efficiency- and behavior models are needed. Recognizing these concerns, this paper reports on a review of 1067 Sustainable Energy Consumption Initiatives (SECIs) that aim to reduce residential energy use across 30 European countries. The initiatives are categorized and a corresponding Problem Framing Typology (PFT) is developed, highlighting important aspects of different types of problem framings. The typology contains four categories including 1) Changes in technology; 2) Changes in individual behavior; 3) Changes in everyday life situations; 4) and Changes in complex interactions. Applying the PFT to the 1067 SECIs shows that the vast majority (75%) of SECIs are positioned within category 1 and 2, indicating a lingering bias towards technocratic consumer behavioral strategies. The limitations of such approaches are discussed, and it is argued that systematically addressing interactions between technology, businesses, culture and everyday-life is more likely to lead to long-term transformation.en_IE
dc.description.sponsorshipThe research presented in this paper received funding from the European Union's H2020 Research and Innovation program under grant agreement number 727642. The sole responsibility for the content of this paper lies with the authors. The authors would like to thank the ENERGISE consortium members, and acknowledge the work that the entire ENERGISE consortium has carried out in relation to the research presented.en_IE
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dc.subjectEnergy demanden_IE
dc.subjectEnergy policyen_IE
dc.subjectProblem framingsen_IE
dc.subjectSystems perspectivesen_IE
dc.subjectSustainable developmenten_IE
dc.titleAchieving sustainability transitions in residential energy use across Europe: The importance of problem framingsen_IE
dc.contributor.funderHorizon 2020en_IE
dc.local.contactGary Goggins, Energise Project Manager , School Of Geography And Archaeology , National University Of Ireland Galway. +353 87 123 2729 Email:
dc.local.copyrightcheckedAPC paid by co-authors in Aalborg (email 02/09/2019)
dcterms.projectinfo:eu-repo/grantAgreement/EC/H2020::RIA/727642/EU/European Network for Research, Good Practice and Innovation for Sustainable Energy/ENERGISEen_IE

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