Household energy consumption and rebound effect : final report (HECORE)
Earth and related Environmental sciences
ENERGY - NON NUCLEAR
Brussels : Federal Science Policy, 2013
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The European target of cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 20% by 2020 has generated a substantial body of energy efficiency policies, but real-world observations indicate that energy savings realized in practice fall short of energy savings estimates based on physical principles incorporated in engineering models. A partial explanation of this trend consists in what is called 'rebound effect' or 'take-back'. As an increased consumption of energy services following an improvement in the technical efficiency of delivering those services, the rebound effect highlights a variety of tensions between the pursuit of wellbeing and the need to remain within ecological limits.