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Barriers for energy changes among end consumers and households (BarEnergy)

Institutions involvedUniSG, National Institute for Consumer Research (SIFO), University of Surrey, University of Groningen, Electricité de France (EDF), The Netherlands Organisations for Applied Scientific Research (TNO), The Kozep-europai Egyetem (Central European University, CEU), Centre for Sustainable Energy (Bristol, UK)
Contact persons   Stefanie Hille (UniSG)
KeywordsHousehold energy consumption, barriers for energy changes
Disciplines Economics, sociology, psychology 
Unit of observationHouseholds, end-cosumers  
Geographical spaceUK, the Netherlands, Norway, France, Hungary and Switzerland  
Data collection method Survey
Data availability Data cannot be made available

Publications and working papers

  • BarEnergy. (2010). Barriers to change in energy behavior among end consumers and households. Integration of three empirical studies. Delft, The Netherlands: The Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO).
  • Keizer, M. (2014). Do norms matter? (Doctoral dissertation, University of Groningen).

The main objective of this project was to identify the relevance and strengths of various barriers for energy behavior changes among end consumers and households, and to discuss how activities from political authorities, energy producers and NGOs can overcome these barriers. As part of the project, a survey with more than 15'000 participants from seven European countries (the UK, the Netherlands, Norway, France, Hungary and Switzerland) was conducted.

Competence Center for Research in Energy, Society and Transition
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