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Barriers and Solutions to the Implementation of Energy Efficiency. A Survey about Stakeholders' Diversity, Motivations and Engagement in Naples (Italy)




List of Authors: Chiara Vassillo, Daniela Restaino, Remo Santagata, Silvio Viglia, Jarmo Vehmas, Sergio Ulgiati
Publisher: L&H Scientific Publishing
Publication year: 2019
Journal acronym: JEAM
Volume number: 7
Issue number: 2
eISSN: 2325-6206

Abstract




This paper
presents the results of a survey designed to explore the wide range of issues
and concerns related to energy efficiency implementation. The survey also
assessed the level of engagement of the different kinds of stakeholders and
related actors. The International Energy Agency estimates that energy
efficiency may generate a reduction in global energy demand by 2030, assuming
that nations keep recent commitments to energy efficiency policies and that
energy efficiency is placed on an equal footing with any other energy resource
and it can contribute to the three main challenges of world energy policy:
energy security, sustainability and economic development. This reduction will
be possible thanks to new technology and stricter government policies, but
while overall per capita energy demand is expected to decrease, demand for
electricity is foreseen to double by 2060, requiring greater infrastructure
investment in smart systems that promote energy efficiency. Energy efficiency
advocates also argue that efficiency improvements can provide social benefits
such as increased productivity and employment. Anyway, the actual impact of the
energy efficiency implementation remains uncertain. In this framework, engaging
all the stakeholders and empowering them as the main actors of these policies
and plans becomes crucial. Nevertheless, according to the surveyed
stakeholders, uncertainty and concerns about EE policies remain high and call
for increased focus on education and good practices.


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