Infrastructures of Consumption: Environmental Innovation in the Utility Industries by Bas Van Vliet, Heather Chappells, Elizabeth Shove | | 9781853839955 | Hardcover | Barnes & Noble
Infrastructures of Consumption: Environmental Innovation in the Utility Industries

Infrastructures of Consumption: Environmental Innovation in the Utility Industries

by Bas Van Vliet, Heather Chappells, Elizabeth Shove
     
 

ISBN-10: 1853839957

ISBN-13: 9781853839955

Pub. Date: 09/28/2005

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

For many years, a uniform and uncontested picture of utility system organization has endured across Europe. Provider and consumer roles have been largely taken for granted, and consumers have had little choice but to use the infrastructure of the only network provider available. Recent transformations have challenged this model. This book examines the ongoing

Overview

For many years, a uniform and uncontested picture of utility system organization has endured across Europe. Provider and consumer roles have been largely taken for granted, and consumers have had little choice but to use the infrastructure of the only network provider available. Recent transformations have challenged this model. This book examines the ongoing environmental restructuring of consumption and provision in energy, water and waste systems. In accounting for the distinctive environmental qualities, technical features and institutional dynamics of utility systems this book challenges contemporary conceptualizations of consumers as the autonomous drivers of environmental change. Instead, utilities and users are positioned as the 'co-managers' of utility systems, and processes of environmental innovation are seen to depend on the systemic restructuring of demand.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781853839955
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
09/28/2005
Edition description:
1
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.06(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tablesvii
List of Acronyms and Abbreviationsix
Prefacexi
Acknowledgementsxiii
1Introduction1
Utilities and users3
Infrastructures and environmental innovation4
Energy, water and waste: Characteristics and dynamics6
Themes, questions and methods7
Organization of the book10
2Linking Utilities and Users13
Green consumption15
Resources, services and interdependent practices19
Systems of provision and the construction and management of demand21
Insights and implications26
3Infrastructural Change and Sustainable Consumption28
Modes of network organization and contexts for consumption29
Understanding infrastructural change and transition34
Infrastructural dynamics and new contexts for consumption36
4Differentiation and Choice in Water, Electricity and Waste Services42
Forms of differentiation in utility systems43
Captive consumers in differentiated utility markets50
Customers in differentiated utility markets53
Citizen-consumers in differentiated utility markets56
Consumer-providers in differentiated utility markets58
Differentiation and consumer choice61
5Shifting Scales and the Co-production of Green Grids63
Four dimensions of scale in utility services65
Roles and responsibilities of consumers and providers in distributed utility-service provision71
Scale and modes of provision73
6New Modes of 'Sustainable' Provision75
Sustainable housing initiatives76
Conceptualizing new socio-technical arrangements78
Constructing new socio-technical interdependencies81
New modes of provision and the restructuring of demand93
7Restructuring Demand and Efficiency96
The development of demand-side management97
Demand-side management approaches in The Netherlands and the UK98
New ceilings and thresholds of demand101
The structuring of demand107
8Systems of Provision and Innovation109
'Green' connectivities109
Systems of 'co-provision'112
Recognizing connectivities: Implications and challenges115
References117
Index127

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