Linking low carbon technologies with low carbon society

Europe 2050: Requirements for technology policy for curbing the rebound effect-Effektes

A study commissioned by the Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology; project duration: Jan 2012 – Sep 2012

Project management: Univ.-Doz. Dr. Dietmar Kanatschnig (ÖIN)

Project implementation: Eva Lacher, Bakk.techn., Dr. Dietmar Kanatschnig (ÖIN)

A competitive low-CO2 economy can be achieved only through the development of proven technologies. However, the rebound effects reduce the potential savings from efficiency measures.

In the first part of this study the current state of the art on characteristics and extent of rebound effects are discussed. In order to achieve the goal of decarbonisation, the second part outlines how technological advances can be linked to social behavior. Therefore the focus is on those strategies that directly address the development and design of technology. The latter part deals with specific recommendations for the Austrian technology policy and presents efficient ways for realizing the EU’s climate and energy targets.

Kanatschnig, Dietmar; Lacher, Eva (2012): Linking Low Carbon Technologies with Low Carbon Society. Energie 2050: Anforderungen an die Technologiepolitik zur Eindämmung des Rebound-Effektes. Final Report. Vienna: Austrian Institute for Sustainable Development.