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Sustainable Energy Consumption and Society: Personal, Technological, or Social Change? / Edition 1

Sustainable Energy Consumption and Society: Personal, Technological, or Social Change? / Edition 1

by David L. Goldblatt


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ISBN-13: 9781402030864
Publisher: Springer Netherlands
Publication date: 04/06/2005
Series: Alliance for Global Sustainability Bookseries , #7
Edition description: 2005
Pages: 206
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.13(h) x 0.02(d)

About the Author

David L. Goldblatt was awarded the 2003 ETH Medal for Outstanding Doctoral Work. He is currently a science and Technology Policy Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Table of Contents

List of Figures
List of Tables
List of Abbreviations

1: Sustainable Consumption And The Public’s Room To Maneuver In Energy Use
1. Introduction
2. The consumer society
3. Consumption trajectories in Western Europe
4. North-South disparities, Northern consumerist models, and global resource constraints
5. The evolving international discourse on sustainable consumption
6. Consumption or production: Which is the better focus for addressing environmental problems?
7. Room to maneuver in energy use
7.1 Northern society’s discretion in energy use
7.2 Individuals’ discretion
8. Research questions and challenges in this book
2: Targets Of Intervention For Sustainable Consumption
1. Introduction
2. Efficiencies, patterns, and levels of consumption
2.1 Patterns of consumption
2.2 Efficiency and dematerialization
2.3 Levels of consumption
3. An expanded multi-disciplinary analysis of consumption’s driving forces and possibilities for intervention
3.1 Consumption critiques
3.2 Psychological and behavioral treatments
3.3 Social treatments
3.4 Economic treatments
4. Conclusion: Policy syntheses and political implications
4.1 Altering consumption: top-down or bottom-up?
4.2 Political implications and alternatives

3: Energy, Environment, And Society: Knowledge And Risk Communication
1. Introduction
2. Alternative research approaches and a frame for discussing knowledge in the context of discretionary and non-discretionary energy consumption
2.1 Introduction: Two approaches and two constructs
2.2 Selected topics in the Energy-Revealing approach and actors’ discretionary energy consumption
2.3 The Social-Revealing approach and less discretionary influences on energy consumption
3. Energy and risk communication
3.1 Public communication
3.2 Risk communication
4. Final comments and furtherapplications

4: Field Study With Computer-Aided Interviews
1. Introduction
2. Experimental hypotheses and user questions
3. Software development and modeling
3.1 Original version of the Personal ECO2-Calculator
3.2 Interview version of the Personal ECO2-Calculator
4. Interviewee recruitment
5. Interview description and guideline
6. Data capture, storage, and analysis means
7. Subjects’ biographical profiles
8. Results
8.1 Subject groups
8.2 Terms and comments
8.3 Hypotheses A and B: Freedom of Choice and Capability
8.4 Hypotheses C, D, and E: Non-discretionary accounting, Perception of less discretionary influences, and Communicating about Energy Consumption
8.5 Hypothesis H: Separation of social from technological influences
8.6 Hypothesis G: Cross-temporal and cross-cultural comparisons
8.7 Consumer-citizen involvement in affecting less-discretionary forces
8.8 Energy Communication
8.9 Subjects’ evaluation of the program and the interview session

5: Achievements, Open Questions, And Lessons Learned
1. Which questions have been answered?
1.1 Top-down or bottom-up?
1.2 Metric for gauging experimental success
1.3 Success in researching and applying domestic sustainable consumption
1.4 Pedagogical use and timing
2. Lifestyle groups and differentiated approaches to sustainable consumption
3. Personal responsibility
4. Success in risk communication
5. Suggestions for further research
6. Some open questions
7. Divergence from the prevailing environmental framework


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