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Interactions between energy efficiency policies in the household sector in Austria

In Austria, overall final energy consumption has increased again after the sharp decline in 2009, which was due to the financial crisis and corresponding economic recession. In order to address this trend, Austria’s Energy Strategy, the National Renewable Energy Action Plan (NREAP) and the Energy Efficiency Law have set a target value for primary energy consumption of 1050 PetaJoule in 2020 (compared to 1120 PJ in 2013).

The UK heating system

This study applies the Multi Level Perspective (MLP) on the UK heat system. It combines niche and regime analyses to assess the feasibility of a transition in the UK heat system. For this, the following niches are considered: heat pumps, smart heating controls and meters, small-scale biomass, solar thermal, district heating, and low-energy retrofits. The regime analysis is broken down into heating and housing. 

The German heating system

This study applies the Multi Level Perspective (MLP) on the German heat system. It combines niche and regime analyses to assess the feasibility of a transition in the German heat system. For this, the following niches are considered: heat pumps, smart metering , small-scale biomass, solar thermal, low per-capita floor areas, and low-energy housing. The regime analysis is broken down into gas heating systems, oil heating systems, district heating, and residential building stock.

The Swedish heating system

This study applies the Multi Level Perspective (MLP) on the Swedish heat system. It combines niche and regime analyses to assess the feasibility of a transition in the Swedish heat system. For this, the following niches are considered: heat pumps, district heating, waste heat recovery, indvidual metering and billing, small-scale biomass, and low-energy housing. The regime analysis is broken down into the district heating regime and the heat pump regime.

Sustainable Community Hökarängen

The project aims, through interdisciplinary action research, to develop, test and demonstrate ways in which various forms of cooperation between property owners, residents and others can work together to reduce energy and other resource use in a residential area. The projects aim is to create inspiring and repeatable examples for how resource efficiency can be achieved within a neighbourhood by involving and activating the people who live and/or work there.