9th Conference European Sociological Association

RN12 Environment and Society

2009-09-03 13:30:00 2009-09-03 15:00:00 Thursday, 3 September 13:30 - 15:00 Energy Provision and Climate Change Building I, Auditório 4

Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energies in the Context of Communes: Scope of Action and Local Experiences

Saving energy is essential for a sustainable development. Local communities are at the forefront of the striving for an efficient use of energy. Especially municipalities of small communities are close to energy end users. They also have effective instruments to enhance and promote energy efficiency and the use of renewable energies.
The paper will discuss the role and scope of action of local communities for a broader implementation of renewable energies and energy efficiency and present 3 case studies of German communities based on qualitative interviews with different local actors (administration, civil society, political actors, local economy). They analyse strategies for and experiences of local implementation measures for a sustainable use of energy. The case studies have been realized in 2008 in the context of a French-German research project on regional strategies for energy efficiency and renewable energies in buildings. Main results concern drivers and barriers, the role of the size of the community, local "philosophies", different "modes of coordination", local strategies as well as a French-German comparison.