Policy instruments to promote energy efficiency in the building sector: Indian and Swedish experiences
2008 (English)In: 14th Annual International Sustainable Development Research Conference, 2008Conference paper, Abstract (Other academic)
Energy efficiency measures in buildings are widely regarded as cost effective options to mitigate climate change. However, policy instruments are needed to improve the diffusion of such measures. The policy mix may be country-specific. Here, we compare and contrast the various policy instruments designed to enhance energy efficiency in the building sector in India and Sweden. The objective is to explore if the experiences of Sweden that have promoted energy efficiency in buildings for decades could be useful for India, where energy demand is forecasted to strongly increase. India and Sweden are very different, for example, in terms of development, size, priorities, population, and climatic conditions. In Sweden, policy initiatives to reduce energy use in buildings date back to the 1970s and the government is committed to significantly reduce energy use in buildings. In India, the interest in energy efficiency improvements in buildings is a recent phenomenon. The country introduced an energy conservation building code in 2007. This analysis shows that policy instruments are more prevalent in Sweden than in India where regulatory instruments are particularly lacking. Hence, Swedish buildings are more energy efficient than those in India. The Swedish experience could be useful for devising programs and implementing policy instruments to improve energy efficiency of Indian buildings.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Energy efficiency, buildings, Policy, India, Sweden
Energy Systems Other Environmental Engineering
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-83868OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-83868DiVA: diva2:677802
14th Annual International Sustainable Development Research Conference, 21-23 Sep, 2008, New Delhi