Family H. increases from incandescent lamps to energy-saving lamps. As they are so efficient, the family uses a few more lamps and does no longer pay attention to turn them off. The result: The energy conservation is lower than expected - which is a typical "rebound effect". How the environmental policy can counteract such effects, is being well illustrated by "Rebound effects: How can they be effectively limited?".
adelphi, Ernst Basler+Partner and the Fraunhofer Institute for System and Innovation Research (ISI) have been commissioned by the Federal Environment Agency (UBA) to conduct a study on the significance of “rebound effects” in terms of environmental policy. This guide intends to aid the introduction, design and implementation of environmental measures and tools. Based on existing studies and discussions with experts, the initial phase of the study identifies what rebound effects actually are, which types exist and how they are triggered. The second phase of the study will analyse the environmental policy actions and tools that could prove useful in tackling rebound effects. In conclusion, potential solutions towards diminishing rebound effects will be illustrated based on the identified need for action.