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Building Owner vs. Energy User: a Split Incentive for Energy Reduction

Emblen-Perry, Kay (2016) Building Owner vs. Energy User: a Split Incentive for Energy Reduction. Lambert Academic Publishing, Saarbrücken. ISBN 365987325X

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Abstract

The UK’s historically low cost of energy has encouraged a culture that considers energy to be in limitless supply and excessive levels of consumption acceptable. Now that supplies are becoming restricted and costs rising, it is becoming recognised this energy culture has created a legacy stock of buildings with poor building fabric, limited energy efficiency equipment and even lower levels of energy awareness. Cost effective technologies are readily available but not adopted by UK SMEs in non-domestic buildings, as rational economic theory would expect. Policy-makers attribute this to inaccessibility of information and investment and design policies accordingly. However, as escalation of demand continues an alternative driver of this paradox must exist. This research hypothesises that this is the ownership structures of non-domestic buildings. Tenure of business premises is found to prevent adoption of energy conservation opportunities; 64% of SME surveyed encountered barriers to energy efficiency related to building ownership. When increased pro rata to reflect the UK SME population, almost 2.5 million businesses appear unable to benefit from energy improvements.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: energy efficiency, energy behaviour, energy policy, owners, reduced carbon emissions, non-domestic buildings
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Academic Departments > Worcester Business School
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Depositing User: Kay Emblen-Perry
Date Deposited: 01 Jul 2016 11:43
Last Modified: 04 Jul 2016 07:49
URI: https://eprints.worc.ac.uk/id/eprint/4569

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