A Critical Appraisal of Germany's Thermal Retrofit Policy: by Ray Galvin

By Ray Galvin

Germany is noticeable as a pace-setter in thermal retrofit coverage and perform, yet how potent is its strategy? A severe Appraisal of Germany's Thermal Retrofit Policy examines this coverage in context and assesses its effectiveness. It unearths that technical constraints and the prices of retrofitting lessen the speed of growth, whereas making plans underestimates the impact of consumer habit within the kind of rebound and prebound results. A key discovering is that reductions may be maximized inside of a coverage that is aware the particular habit and motivation of families, the world the place such a lot strength discounts are already taking place.

The e-book indicates a brand new coverage paradigm that might motivate a greater stability of partial and entire retrofits, using loved ones habit alterations in line with a greater realizing of gasoline saving motivation and gasoline rate elasticity. during this procedure, the thermal construction laws will be made extra versatile in order that policymakers would:

- advertise partial, transitional and cost-optimal retrofits, that are extra guaranteed to pay again via gasoline mark downs in the event that they are applicable to development typology and home-owner budgets.

- advertise finished retrofits for purposes except fiscal achieve, focusing in its place at the convenience and environmental merits of energy-efficient homes.

- make investments extra seriously in teaching families to warmth economically, studying from the prebound impression so one can maximize the application of the houses they presently occupy, and base payback time calculations on real consumption.

The effects and findings of this e-book will be of curiosity to policymakers, researchers and graduate scholars alike.

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In 2012, as promised by incoming President Hollande, the French Government announced its aim to encourage an annual retrofit of one million homes. The costs of these retrofit projects will partly be financed by income from the auctioning of CO2 allowances under the Emissions Trading System (ETS). Further, the French Government wants to introduce progressive energy tariffs aimed at reducing utility bills for energy efficient households, and extend lower social rates for natural gas and electricity for four million low-income households.

Pdf. Accessed 20 Oct 2011 Weiss J, Dunkelberg E, Vogelpohl T (2012) Improving policy instruments to better tap into homeowner refurbishment potential: lessons learned from a case study in Germany. Energy Policy 44:406–415 WSVO (Wärmeschutzverordnung) (1977) Verordnung über einen energiesparenden Wärmeschutz bei Gebäuden (Wärmeschutzverordnung: Wärmeschutz V) Vom 11. August 1977. pdf. Accessed 4 Oct 2012 WSVO (Wärmeschutzverordnung) (1982) Verordnung über einen energiesparenden Wärmeschutz bei Gebäuden (Wärmeschutzverordnung—WärmeschutzV) Vom 24.

Taxes), and can be used both in a market-led and a regulatory approach to support thermal retrofits policies. 4 Economic Instruments Financial incentives are an alternative to command-and-control policy instruments such as thermal regulations. 4 Economic Instruments 35 good for which insufficient market demand exists, they try to overcome market imperfections (Beerepoot and Sunikka 2005). 1 Negative Fiscal Instruments Taxes are often assumed to be the least cost policy instrument to encourage energy efficiency and to provide continuous incentive to the industry’s search for more cost-effective technologies (Hasegawa 2002; Siebert 1995).

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