Energy demand of German households and saving potential

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The implementation of the principles of sustainable development requires both using potentialities in saving resources and cutting down emissions (efficiency strategies) as well as more conscious patterns of behaviour of the actors involved (sufficiency strategies). Starting from the current situation of annual CO2 emissions of about 10 t and a sustainability goal of 1-2 t CO2 emissions per inhabitant and year, the question arises in how far households can contribute to achieve this goal. Therefore, in this paper, the environmental impacts of the energy demand of German households will be evaluated by means of describing its status quo and there from deriving saving potentials.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)378-389
Number of pages12
JournalInternational journal of environmental technology and management
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2008

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ORCID /0000-0001-7170-3596/work/142241616



  • CO, Consumption, Demand, Electricity, Emission, Energy, Energy savings, Germany, Households, Power, Reduction, Saving potential, Scenario analysis