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Bernadett Kiss

Bernadett Kiss

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Bernadett Kiss

The importance of learning when supporting emergent technologies for energy efficiency-A case study on policy intervention for learning for the development of energy efficient windows in Sweden

Author

  • Bernadett Kiss
  • Lena Neij

Summary, in English

The role of policy instruments to promote the development and diffusion of energy efficient technologies has been repeatedly accentuated in the context of climate change and sustainable development. To better understand the impact of policy instruments and to provide insights into technology change, assessments of various kinds are needed. This study analyzes the introduction and development of energy efficient windows in Sweden and the policy incentives applied to support this process. The study focuses on the assessment of technology and market development of energy efficient windows in Sweden; and by applying the concept of learning, it assesses how conditions for learning-by-searching, learning-by-doing, learning-by-using and learning-by-interacting have been supported by different policies. The results show successful progress in technology development and an improvement in best available technology of Swedish windows from 1.8 W/m(2) K in the 1970s to 0.7 W/m(2) K in 2010; in the same time period the market share of energy efficient windows increased from 20% in 1970 (average U-value of 2.0 W/m(2) K) to 80-85% in 2010 (average U-value of 1.3-1.2 W/m(2) K). The assessment shows that various policy instruments have facilitated all four learning processes resulting in the acknowledged slow but successful development of energy efficient windows. (C) 2011 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Department/s

  • The International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics

Publishing year

2011

Language

English

Pages

6514-6524

Publication/Series

Energy Policy

Volume

39

Issue

10

Document type

Journal article

Publisher

Elsevier

Topic

  • Social Sciences Interdisciplinary

Keywords

  • Energy efficient windows
  • Learning
  • Policy instruments

Status

Published

ISBN/ISSN/Other

  • ISSN: 1873-6777