Rethinking Climate and Energy Policies

New Perspectives on the Rebound Phenomenon

  • Tilman Santarius
  • Hans Jakob Walnum
  • Carlo Aall

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Tilman Santarius, Hans Jakob Walnum, Carlo Aall
    Pages 1-14
  3. New Aspects in Economic Rebound Research

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 15-15
    2. Reinhard Madlener, Karen Turner
      Pages 17-36
    3. Johannes Buhl, José Acosta
      Pages 37-54
    4. Debalina Chakravarty, Joyashree Roy
      Pages 55-72
  4. Multidisciplinary Perspectives on the Rebound Phenomenon

  5. Policy Cases: Rebounds in Action

  6. Conclusion

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 285-285
    2. Tilman Santarius, Hans Jakob Walnum, Carlo Aall
      Pages 287-294

About this book


This book calls for rethinking current climate, energy and sustainability policy-making by presenting new insights into the rebound phenomenon; i.e., the driving forces, mechanisms and extent of rebound effects and potential means of mitigating them. It pursues an innovative and novel approach to the political and scientific rebound discourse and hence, supplements the current state-of-knowledge discussed in the field of energy economics and recent reports by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

Building on central rebound publications from the past four decades, this book is divided into three main sections: Part I highlights new aspects of rebound economics by presenting insights into issues that have so far not been satisfactorily researched, such as rebounds in countries of the Global South, rebounds on the producer-side, and rebounds from sufficiency behaviour (as opposed to rebounds from technical efficiency improvements). In turn, Part II goes beyond conventional economic rebound research, exploring multidisciplinary perspectives on the phenomenon, in particular from the fields of psychology and sociology. Advancing such multidisciplinary perspectives delivers a more comprehensive understanding of rebound’s driving forces, mechanisms, and policy options. Part III puts rebounds into practice and presents several policy cases and sector-specific approaches, including the contexts of labour markets, urban planning, tourism, information and communication technologies, and transport. Lastly, the book embeds the issue into the larger debate on decoupling, green growth and degrowth, and identifies key lessons learned for sustainable development strategies and policies at large. By employing such varied and in-depth analyses, the book makes an essential contribution to the discussion of the overall question: Can resource-, energy-use and greenhouse gas emissions be substantially reduced without hindering economic growth? 


Climate Policy Energy Policy Sustainable Development Degrowth Decoupling Rebound Effect Sustainable Consumption IPCC Energy Economics

Editors and affiliations

  • Tilman Santarius
    • 1
  • Hans Jakob Walnum
    • 2
  • Carlo Aall
    • 3
  1. 1.Inst. for Ecological Economy ResearchFree University of Berlin and Inst. for Ecological Economy ResearchBerlinGermany
  2. 2.Western Norway Research Institute SogndalNorway
  3. 3.Western Norway Research Institute SogndalNorway

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