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Attitudes, Ability and Willingness: Rethinking Split Incentives of Non-domestic Building Tenure to Overcome Energy Inertia

Emblen-Perry, Kay ORCID: (2017) Attitudes, Ability and Willingness: Rethinking Split Incentives of Non-domestic Building Tenure to Overcome Energy Inertia. In: 2nd World Symposium on Climate Change Adaptation (WSCCA-2017), 6th - 8th September 2017, Coimbra, Portugal. (Unpublished)

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Split-incentives of non-domestic building tenure that divide the benefits of implementing energy efficient technologies and behaviours between property owners and users are generally recognised to act as a financial barrier to the adoption of energy efficient interventions in UK non-domestic properties. Despite the extensive availability of cost effective energy efficient interventions that could overcome financial split-incentives for UK non-domestic building owners and users, widespread energy inertia prevails. This suggests the barriers presented by split-incentives of ownership exert an influence beyond financial decision making. Rethinking the impact of split-incentives may therefore assist in unlocking energy inertia and contribute to the mitigation of climate change. This paper reports the findings of a qualitative survey undertaken to investigate the impact of non-domestic building ownership for energy performance improvement within non-domestic building and presents a wider scope of the split of incentives of ownership than previously established. It also explores the opportunity this new understanding offers for reforming UK energy policies. Findings suggest the impact of tenure are influential beyond monetary considerations for non-domestic building owners and users and include practical and attitudinal barriers from relationships, contractual constraints and ownership concerns which drive energy inertia through the Owner-User Stalemate.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Lecture)
Uncontrolled Discrete Keywords: energy, split incentives, energy efficiency, non-domestic buildings, energy efficient technology
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
Divisions: College of Business, Psychology and Sport > Worcester Business School
Depositing User: Kay Emblen-Perry
Date Deposited: 13 Sep 2017 10:52
Last Modified: 17 Jun 2020 17:19

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