Events

REBOUND Closing Conference on Improvements in Energy Efficiency (October 18, 2013)

The Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in Mannheim hosts the German REBOUND closing conference titled "Der Rebound-Effekt von Energieeffizienz-Verbesserungen: Viel Wind um Nichts oder Grund zur Sorge?" (The Rebound Effect of Improvements in Energy Efficiency: Hot Air or Cause for Concern?) on 18 October 2013. Over the past three years, the BMBF-sponsored REBOUND research project examined whether increases in energy efficiency are an appropriate means to achieve energy and climate policy goals. Focusing on households in Germany, the ZEW researchers investigated if increased energy efficiency solely leads to more consumption and thus to increasing energy use. They also examined the reasons of the rebound effect and possible countermeasures. The project's findings will be presented and discussed at the conference. Up to 40 interested persons can participate in the event (the conference language will be German). Participation is free of charge; registration deadline is on September 30, 2013.

Additional information and registration on the German homepage

Energy Efficiency Policies and the Rebound Effect

The Climate and Energy Decision Making Center (CEDM) at Carnegie Mellon University (USA) and the University of Stuttgart (Germany), as part of a collaborative research activity facilitated by International Risk Governance Council (IRGC), have organised in 2011 two workshops on the topic of "Energy Efficiency Policies and the Rebound Effect". The objective of these workshops was to identify and develop research needs in respect to different approaches to measuring direct and indirect rebound effects that may arise from investments in and policies regarding energy efficiency.

Conclusions from both workshops

  • While rebound effects could be large in the developing world, among low income groups, and in the production sector of the economy, there has been too little study of these group
  • Among reasonable well-to-do consumers, rebound effects appear to be modest (typically < 15%)
  • There is very little evidence of rebound effects exceeding 100% (so called "backfire")
  • In situations in which empirical analyses suggest that rebound effects are non-negligible, these effects should be considered in the design of policy program
  • Care should be taken that energy efficiency policies are not called into question in general
  • So far, rebound effects are neglected in energy scenarios and models. Clear definitions and common wording for rebound effect are needed

Practice Advisory Council Workshops

There will be 3 workshops with the Practice Advisory Council as well as a concluding conference. The dates will be published here soon.

Third Practice Advisory Council Workshop

On November 9 2012, the third Workshop of the Practice Advisory Council took place at the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in Mannheim. The Workshop is confined to members of the Council and the project  team. First descriptive results of the rebound survey were presented and discussed, and the Delphi method planned for 2013 was prepared.

Second Practice Advisory Council Workshop

On October 21st, 2011, the second Workshop of the Practice Advisory Council took place at the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in Mannheim. The Workshop was confined to members of the Council and the project team.

First Practice Advisory Council Workshop

On Friday, March 18, the first Workshop of the Practice Advisory Council took place at the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in Mannheim. The Workshop was confined to members of the Council and the project team.