Energy and Behaviour

Energy and Behaviour

Towards a Low Carbon Future

1st Edition - November 1, 2019

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  • Editors: Marta Lopes, Carlos Henggeler Antunes, Kathryn B. Janda
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128185681
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128185674

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Changes to energy behaviour — the role of people and organisations in energy production, use and efficiency — are critical to supporting a societal transition towards a low carbon and more sustainable future. However, which changes need to be made, by whom, and with what technologies are still very much under discussion. This book, developed by a diverse range of experts, presents an international and multi-faceted approach to the sociotechnical challenge of engaging people in energy systems and vice versa. By providing a multidisciplinary view of this field, it encourages critical thinking about core theories, quantitative and qualitative methodologies, and policy challenges. It concludes by addressing new areas where additional evidence is required for interventions and policy-making. It is designed to appeal to new entrants in the energy-efficiency and behaviour field, particularly those taking a quantitative approach to the topic. Concurrently, it recognizes ecological economist Herman Daly’s insight: what really counts is often not countable.  

Key Features

  • Introduces the major disciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches to understanding energy and behaviour
  • Delivers a cross-sectoral overview including energy behaviour in buildings, industry, transportation, smart grids, and smart cities
  • Reviews a selection of innovative energy behaviour modelling approaches, including agent-based modelling, optimization, and decision support
  • Critically addresses the importance of interventions, policies, and regulatory design


This book is written for researchers and practitioners interested in human, social, and organisational behaviour in energy systems and policies, particularly as related to energy efficiency. It provides evidence and insights on behavioural change policies and programmes useful for academic researchers, energy policy makers, utility professionals, and consultants involved in energy policy research, design and implementation. It is designed to serve as both a primer for new entrants in the energy and behaviour field and a critical resource for students, policy makers, and practitioners. 


Table of Contents

  • 1. Energy and behaviour: Challenges of a low-carbon future

    PART 1: Understanding energy behaviour: Disciplinary approaches and beyond
    1.1 Psychology and energy conservation: Contributions from theory and practice
    1.2 Behavioural economics for energy and climate change policies and the transition to a sustainable energy use - A Scandinavian perspective
    1.3 Beyond energy behaviour: A broader way to see people for climate change technology planning

    Part 2: Energy behaviour across sectors
    2.1 Resource-efficient nondomestic buildings: Intertwining behaviours and technology
    2.2 The challenge of improving energy efficiency in the building sector: Taking an in-depth look at decision-making on investments in energy-efficient refurbishments
    2.3 Reframing energy efficiency in industry: A discussion of definitions, rationales and management practices
    2.4 What do we know about the role the human dimension plays in shaping a sustainable low-carbon transport transition?
    2.5 The impact of the institutional context on the potential contribution of new business models to democratizing the energy system
    2.6 Energy, human activity, and knowledge: Addressing smart city challenges

    PART 3 - Modelling energy behaviour
    3.1 Energy and enjoyment: The value of household electricity consumption
    3.2 Developing quantitative insights on building occupant behaviour: Supporting modelling tools and datasets
    3.3 Agent-based modelling of the social dynamics of energy end use
    3.4 Preference elicitation approaches for energy decisions

    PART 4 - Promoting behaviour change
    4.1 A critical review of energy behaviour change: The influence of context.
    4.2 Urban low-carbon futures: Results from real-world lab experiment in Berlin
    4.3 Overview of the European Union policies to promote more sustainable behaviours in energy end-users
    4.4. A brief history of behaviour in US energy programs: Landscape, integration, and future opportunities


Product details

  • No. of pages: 558
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2019
  • Published: November 1, 2019
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128185681
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128185674

About the Editors

Marta Lopes

Marta Lopes, PhD, is an assistant professor at the Polytechnic Institute of Coimbra -Agriculture College (ESAC), and a researcher at the Institute for Systems Engineering and Computers at Coimbra (INESC Coimbra), Portugal. Having experience in the implementation of energy efficiency projects in public institutions, her main research interest is the human role in sustainable energy systems, particularly by using integrated approaches.

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of Environment, Polytechnic Institute of Coimbra and INESC Coimbra, Portugal

Carlos Henggeler Antunes

Carlos Henggeler Antunes, PhD, is a professor at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Director of the R&D Institute for Systems Engineering and Computers at Coimbra (INESC Coimbra), and member of the Coordination Committee of the Energy for Sustainability Initiative, University of Coimbra, Portugal. His main research areas are energy systems and policies, demand response, multi-objective optimization, and multi-criteria decision analysis.

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of Electrical Engineering and Computers, University of Coimbra and INESC Coimbra, Portugal

Kathryn B. Janda

Kathryn B. Janda, PhD, is a principal research fellow in organisations and non-domestic buildings at the Energy Institute at University College London, United Kingdom. She studies the role of organisations as both adopters and providers of sustainable innovations, including energy standards for nondomestic buildings, the role of building professionals in driving ‘middle-out’ change, and implications of ownership and tenancy in the commercial real estate industry.

Affiliations and Expertise

Energy Institute, Bartlett School of Environment Energy and Resources, University College London, United Kingdom

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  • John o. Mon Dec 02 2019

    Energy and human Behavior

    Just reading the theme and the abstract already gives me the chills! I find the relations concerning human behavior and energy efficiency ideals through interactions with energy services a critical concern that must be considered on all levels especially where policy, science and technology intersects! This must be even a good read beyond the summaries. Well done