englischThis work examines electricity consumption in European households. It is the first to systematically examine the effects of specific instruments designed to influence electricity consumption on the goals of sustainable development from the perspective of sustainable economics.
This interdisciplinary work first examines the main drivers of household electricity consumption on the basis of empirical macro data. In its second part, the author develops an evaluation system for political and legal instruments based on a comprehensive Delphi survey, which also includes the effects of such instruments on the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. Using this assessment approach, the author analyses the strengths and weaknesses of the EU’s Ecodesign Directive, energy taxes and consumer advice.
The results of the work can thus provide an important starting point for the further development of the instruments, while the evaluation system developed in the second part can be used to evaluate other instruments.