EU policy goals and implementation in the building sector: the role of social sciences and humanities

Author(s): Dragomir H. Tzanev
Paper category: Proceedings
Book title: International Conference on Sustainable Materials, Systems and Structures (SMSS 2019) Energy Efficient Building Design and Legislation
Editor(s): Marina Bagarić, Ivana Banjad Pečur, Hartwig M. Künzel
ISBN: 978-2-35158-217-6
e-ISBN: 978-2-35158-218-3
Publisher: RILEM Publications SARL
Publication year: 2019
Pages: 245-254
Total Pages: 10
Language: English

Abstract: Based on the understanding that consumer and investor behaviour change at both individual and social units’ level is crucial for enabling the EU energy transition towards zero-carbon economy, the article provides an overview of the EU strategic initiatives and policies supporting energy efficiency in the building sector and an analysis of the major policy instruments in terms of potential areas of intervention of Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH) expertise. Employing a historical perspective, it follows the development of strategic policy frameworks and legislative acts, focusing on the overall surge of positioning of the consumer in the centre of the EU energy system, shifting the paradigm from measures in energy production and distribution to actions influencing proactive end user behaviour, thus necessitating systematic integration of SSH perspectives, research methodologies and expert input in the design of the implementation programmes. Thus, the article lays the foundations of future research on the quality and scope of transposing the EU policies at different governance levels from social sciences’ perspective, and outlines areas of further collaborative efforts in the view of the new EU policy tools being currently in final stages of adoption under the Clean Energy for All Europeans legislative package.

Online publication: 2019
Publication type : full_text
Public price (Euros): 0.00

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