Work package 2: Portfolio of Policy Instruments

Objective of this work package is the elaboration of a structured overview of policy instruments already implemented in industrialised countries, which regulate the electricity consumption in private households.
For that purpose, a profound research of international data bases will be accomplished to identify national policy instruments. The collected data will be classified according to the following aspects: On the one hand, the instruments will be structured according to the barriers of electricity saving behaviour they tend to overcome. On the other hand, classification will be carried out depending on whether the instruments have a direct impact on the consumer's behaviour or whether they affect the actors on the consumer environment level, such as appliance manufacturers, retail or electricity suppliers.
This work package provides hypotheses on political approaches to overcome barriers for electricity saving behaviour from a political science point of view to be verified in a successive research step, which will develop an integrated model of action, which combines psychological, societal and political aspects (Work package 4). For the international comparison of the effectiveness of policy instruments (Work package 5) this portfolio offers a selection of applicable policy instruments.

Coordination: Dr. Kerstin Tews (FFU)
Team: Prof. Doris Fuchs, Ph.D. (Universität Münster)
  Dipl.-Geogr. Annekatrin Duch (Forschungsstelle für Umweltpolitik, Berlin)
Contact: Kerstin Tews