Leverage demand-side policies for energy security

Bento, N., Grubler, A. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7814-4990, Boza-Kiss, B. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4005-2481, De Stercke, S., Krey, V. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0307-3515, McCollum, D., Zimm, C. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5603-1015, & Alves, T. (2024). Leverage demand-side policies for energy security. Science 383 (6686) 946-949. 10.1126/science.adj6150.

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Project: Energy Demand Changes Induced by Technological and Social Innovations (EDITS)


Energy security is a top priority for governments, companies, and households because energy systems and the critical functions that they support are threatened by disruptions from wars, pandemics, climate change, and other shocks (1). More often than not, governments rely on policies focused on energy supply to enhance energy security while generally ignoring demand-side possibilities. Further, the indicators traditionally used to measure energy security are also tilted toward the supply side; this fails to capture the full spectrum of vulnerability to energy crises. Energy security assessments need to reflect the wider benefits of security-related interventions more accurately. To that end, we develop a systematic approach to measuring the energy security impacts of policy interventions that explicitly considers energy demand (buildings, transport, and industry). We determine that demand-side actions outperform conventional supply-side approaches at making countries more resilient.

Item Type: Article
Research Programs: Energy, Climate, and Environment (ECE)
Energy, Climate, and Environment (ECE) > Integrated Assessment and Climate Change (IACC)
Energy, Climate, and Environment (ECE) > Sustainable Service Systems (S3)
Energy, Climate, and Environment (ECE) > Transformative Institutional and Social Solutions (TISS)
Population and Just Societies (POPJUS)
Population and Just Societies (POPJUS) > Equity and Justice (EQU)
Depositing User: Luke Kirwan
Date Deposited: 01 Mar 2024 09:01
Last Modified: 06 Mar 2024 08:28
URI: https://pure.iiasa.ac.at/19535

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