UK Energy Research Centre groundbreaking in-depth report on rebound effects

November 3, 2007 at 5:52 pm | Posted in Climate policies, Economics, Energy efficiencies, Energy savings, Rebound effects | Leave a comment

The UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC) has unveiled a major new report on how ‘Rebound Effects’ can result in energy savings falling short of expectations, thereby threatening the success of climate policies.The Rebound Effect: an assessment of the evidence for economy-wide energy savings from improved energy efficiency published by UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC) in October 2007, is the most thorough and in-depth review of rebound effects ever undertaken, reviewing over 500 papers and reports. It analyses the nature, operation and importance of rebound effects and provides a comprehensive review of the available evidence on this topic, together with closely related issues, such as the link between energy consumption and economic growth.

I came across this via Biopact’s post Report: energy-saving and efficiency efforts could add more emissions which explains what rebound effects are. Oh, dear. The good news is that we cannot say we have not been warned.

Energy efficiency rebound effects


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