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Meeting the goals enshrined in the Paris Agreement and limiting global temperature increases to less than 2°C above pre-industrial levels demands rapid reductions in global carbon dioxide emissions. Reducing energy demand has a central role in achieving this goal, but existing policy initiatives have been largely incremental in terms of the technological and behavioural changes they encourage. Against this background, this book develops a sociotechnical approach to the challenge of reducing energy demand and illustrates this with a number of empirical case studies from the United Kingdom. In doing so, it explores the emergence, diffusion and impact of low-energy innovations, including electric vehicles and smart meters. The book has the dual aim of improving the academic understanding of sociotechnical transitions and energy demand and providing practical recommendations for public policy.

Combining an impressive range of contributions from key thinkers in the field, this book will be of great interest to energy students, scholars and decision-makers.

chapter 1|12 pages


New directions in energy demand research
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part I|2 pages

Analytical perspectives

chapter 2|19 pages

Of emergence, diffusion and impact

A sociotechnical perspective on researching energy demand
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chapter 3|17 pages

A normative approach to transitions in energy demand

An energy justice and fuel poverty case study
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part II|2 pages

The emergence and diffusion of innovations

part III|2 pages

Societal impacts and co-benefits

chapter 8|23 pages

Exergy economics

New insights into energy consumption and economic growth
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part IV|2 pages

Policy mixes and implications

chapter 10|18 pages

Political acceleration of sociotechnical transitions

Lessons from four historical case studies
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chapter 12|20 pages

Policy mixes for sustainable energy transitions

The case of energy efficiency
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chapter 13|24 pages

Managing energy and climate transitions in theory and practice

A critical systematic review of Strategic Niche Management
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part V|2 pages


chapter 14|13 pages


Towards systematic reductions in energy demand
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