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Barriers to energy efficiency: A comparison across the German commercial and services sector

: Schleich, J.


Ecological economics 68 (2009), No.7, pp.2150-2159
ISSN: 0921-8009
Journal Article
Fraunhofer ISI ()
energy efficiency; energy consumption; energy policy; organizational investment behaviour; technology diffusion

Based on a large sample for the German commercial and services sector, this paper econometrically assesses the relevance of various types of barriers to energy efficiency at the sectoral level and across fifteen subsectors. The results at the level of entire sectors suggest that the lack of information about energy consumption patterns and about energy efficiency measures, lack of staff time, priority setting within organizations, and - in particular - the investor/user dilemma are all relevant barriers. Allowing for sector-specific differences in the relevance of these individual barriers yields a more heterogeneous picture. The numbers and types of relevant barriers vary across sub-sectors, and the majority of sub-sectors are subject to relatively few barriers. The statistically most significant barriers are found for the sub-sector of public administrations. These findings are robust, independent of whether the definition of an organization's energy efficiency performance includes only measures that have actually been realized or also those that are being planned. For planned projects. however. organizations appear to underestimate internal priority setting as a barrier to energy efficiency.