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Title: Barriers to improvements in energy efficiency

To promote energy-efficiency improvements, actions may be required at one or more levels -- from the lowest level of the consumer (residential, commercial, industrial, etc.) through the highest level of the global agencies. But barriers to the implementation of energy-efficiency improvements exist or can arise at all these levels. Taking up each one of these barriers in turn, the paper discusses specific measures that can contribute to overcoming the barriers. However, a one-barrier-one-measure approach must be avoided. Single barriers may in fact involve several sub-barriers. Also, combinations of measures are much more effective in overcoming barriers. In particular, combinations of measures that simultaneously overcome several barriers are most successful. The paper discusses the typology of barriers, explores their origin and suggests measures that by themselves or in combination with other measures, will overcome these barriers. Since most of the barriers dealt with can be found in the ``barriers`` literature, any originality in the paper lies in its systematic organization, synoptic view and holistic treatment of this issue. This paper is intended to initiate a comprehensive treatment of barriers, their origins and the measures that contribute to overcoming them. Hopefully, such a treatment will facilitate the implementation of energy-efficiency improvements involvingmore » a wide diversity of ever-changing energy end uses and consumer preferences.« less
Authors:
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
10125628
Report Number(s):
LBL--31439; CONF-9010449--1
ON: DE92008309
DOE Contract Number:
AC03-76SF00098
Resource Type:
Conference
Resource Relation:
Conference: Workshop on reducing carbon emissions from the developing world: assessment of benefits, costs and barriers,Berkeley, CA (United States),4-6 Oct 1990; Other Information: PBD: Oct 1991
Research Org:
Lawrence Berkeley Lab., CA (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, DC (United States)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
32 ENERGY CONSERVATION, CONSUMPTION, AND UTILIZATION; TECHNOLOGY UTILIZATION; ENERGY EFFICIENCY; SUPPLY AND DEMAND; ENERGY CONSUMPTION; SOCIO-ECONOMIC FACTORS; INFORMATION DISSEMINATION; RESIDENTIAL SECTOR; MANUFACTURERS; ELECTRIC UTILITIES; COGENERATION; FINANCIAL INCENTIVES; ENERGY POLICY 320000; 320900; ENERGY CONSERVATION, CONSUMPTION, AND UTILIZATION; EDUCATION AND PUBLIC RELATIONS