Energy Efficiency

, Volume 6, Issue 2, pp 219–238

The politics of the German CO2-Building Rehabilitation Programme

Original Article

DOI: 10.1007/s12053-012-9181-7

Cite this article as:
Rosenow, J. Energy Efficiency (2013) 6: 219. doi:10.1007/s12053-012-9181-7

Abstract

The German CO2-Building Rehabilitation Programme is widely considered as a very successful policy to reduce energy consumption from existing homes. Most assessments of the programme focused on the economics and technical aspects, but so far an analysis of the political processes that led to the creation and development of the CO2-Building Rehabilitation Programme is missing. Covering 10 years of the programme’s history, this paper analyses the most important policy changes that happened over time and links them to various policy drivers. It shows that politics did indeed play an important role and can explain many of the changes that occurred.

Keywords

Energy efficiency policy Building refurbishment Policy change CO2-building rehabilitation programme 

Abbreviations

BMU

Bundesumweltministerium [Federal Ministry for the Environment]

BMVBS

Bundesministerium für Verkehr, Bau und Stadtentwicklung [Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Development]

CBRP

CO2-Building Rehabilitation Programme

CDU

Christlich Demokratische Union Deutschlands [Christian Democratic Union of Germany]

CSU

Christlich-Soziale Union in Bayern [Christian Social Union of Bavaria]

FDP

Freie Demokratische Partei [Free Democratic Party]

KfW

Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau [German Reconstruction Credit Institute]

SPD

Sozialdemokratische Partei Deutschlands [Social Democratic Party of Germany]

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2012

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Environmental Change InstituteUniversity of OxfordOxfordUK

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