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Title: Turning lights into flights: estimating direct and indirect rebound effects for UK households
Authors: Chitnis, Mona
Sorrell, Steve
Druckman, Angela
Firth, Steven K.
Jackson, Tim
Keywords: Rebound effect
Sustainable consumption
Income effects
Issue Date: 2013
Publisher: © Elsevier
Citation: CHITNIS, M. ... et al, 2013. Turning lights into flights: estimating direct and indirect rebound effects for UK households. Energy Policy, 55, pp.234-250.
Abstract: Energy efficiency improvements by households lead to rebound effects that offset the potential energy and emissions savings. Direct rebound effects result from increased demand for cheaper energy services, while indirect rebound effects result from increased demand for other goods and services that also require energy to provide. Research to date has focused upon the former, but both are important for climate change. This study estimates the combined direct and indirect rebound effects from seven measures that improve the energy efficiency of UK dwellings. The methodology is based upon estimates of the income elasticity and greenhouse gas (GHG) intensity of 16 categories of household goods and services, and allows for the embodied emissions of the energy efficiency measures themselves. Rebound effects are measured in GHG terms and relate to the adoption of these measures by an average UK household. The study finds that the rebound effects from these measures are typically in the range 5-15% and arise mostly from indirect effects. This is largely because expenditure on gas and electricity is more GHG-intensive than expenditure on other goods and services. However, the anticipated shift towards a low carbon electricity system in the UK may lead to much larger rebound effects.
Description: This article is closed access.
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.1016/j.enpol.2012.12.008
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/11802
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.enpol.2012.12.008
ISSN: 0301-4215
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