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Beyond case studies: Barriers to energy efficiency in commerce and the services sector

: Schleich, J.; Gruber, E.


Energy Economics 30 (2008), Nr.2, S.449-464
ISSN: 0140-9883
Fraunhofer ISI ()
energy efficiency; organisational investment behaviour; technology diffusion

To assess the empirical relevance of various barriers to the diffusion of energy-efficient measures, we conduct econometric analyses for 19 sub-sectors in the German commercial and services sectors. Results from estimating a separate Logit model for each sub-sector suggest that the most important barriers are the investor/user dilemma and the lack of information about energy consumption patterns. Typically, multiple types of barriers are found to be statistically significant, but they vary considerably across sub-sectors. Finally, we discuss policy implications for the most relevant barriers.