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Título: Social diffusion of energy-related practices and representations: Patterns and policies in Portugal and Belgium
Autor: Bartiaux, Françoise
Schmidt, Luísa
Horta, Ana
Correia, Augusta
Palavras-chave: Consumo de energia
Polticas ambientais
Data: 2016
Editora: Elsevier
Citação: Bartiaux, F., Schmidt, L. Horta, A. & Correia, A. (2016). Social diffusion of energy-related practices and representations: Patterns and policies in Portugal and Belgium. Energy Policy, 88, 413-421
Resumo: The social-class dimension of energy consumption has been rather neglected relative to other theoretical approaches to energy use, despite its potential deployment in energy policies. This paper aims at investigating energy policy-related inequalities across social classes with respect to three dimensions highlighted by environmental-justice theories: income distribution, procedures producing unequal distributional outcomes, and cultural and political recognition of vulnerable and marginalised social groups. These inequalities can be exacerbated or reduced by social diffusion processes, both vertical and horizontal. These processes include policy instruments intending to lower energy consumption in the residential sector. To empirically ground the analysis, two countries with contrasting patterns of income inequalities, Portugal and Belgium, are compared on the basis of qualitative data collected in 2009–2011. We discuss the relevance of integrating the social diffusion dimension in energy policies and propose several policy instruments to do so. One of our main contribution is to argue that both vertical and horizontal diffusion across social classes, if adequately translated into policy instruments, can boost the uptake of residential energy retrofits and other energy saving practices.
Peer review: yes
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10451/22405
DOI: 10.1016/j.enpol.2015.10.046
ISSN: 0301-4215
Versão do Editor: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.enpol.2015.10.046
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