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Energy efficiency in the Nordic building sector

Potentials and instruments

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There is an economic potential for increased energy efficiency in Nordic buildings. How much is however difficult to assess, partly because of insufficient energy statistics for buildings. Several barriers hinder the use of more efficient solutions when building and using buildings, e.g. lack of information, energy issues having low priority, and different incentives for builders, owners and users. Climate concerns and the need to secure energy supply are important drivers for energy efficiency policies. Promoting energy efficiency in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions might however induce large rebound effects causing total emissions to be reduced very little or not at all. This might be the case if reduced energy use in buildings is replaced with more emission intensive activities, like travel. To avoid this it is important to include all greenhouse gasses in tax or quota systems, and to restrain financial support to energy efficient investment in order not to make them too cheap.

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How do the policies perform?

In this chapter we take a closer look at what energy efficiency policies and instruments have delivered historically, based on earlier performance evaluations. We also discuss how the actual savings have been or can be used, i.e., if some of the initial savings have been counteracted by so called rebound effects.

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