2 May 2018
10:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time | 4:00 p.m. Central European Time
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The Clean Energy Solutions Center, in partnership with Enerdata, is hosting a no-cost webinar on Energy Efficiency barriers that firms and households face in Europe.
Backed by analyses from major institutions such as the International Energy Agency, energy efficiency is touted as a win-win-win: good for the environment, good for energy security, and profitable. However, investments in energy efficiency measures appear to be behind both socially and even privately optimal rates. For more than three decades, scholars have investigated this gap. So far, they have catalogued many factors that can explain low adoption rates but have not reached consensus about the extent to which the rates are economically suboptimal. Explanations are generally grouped in three categories: measurement and modeling errors, market failures, and behavioral (and organizational) biases. They have been distilled from multiple branches of economics, (neo)classical and behavioral economics mostly, and amalgamated in taxonomies of barriers to energy efficiency investments.
In this webinar, we will (1) discuss and organize the main barriers and (2) look at some illustrative empirical evidence of how these play out in firms and households in Europe.
The webinar presentations will be followed by an interactive question-and-answer session with the audience.