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Energy Demand Challenges in Europe

Implications for policy, planning and practice

  • This ENERGISE project is funded by the European Union's H2020 Research and Innovation program under grant agreement number 727642

  • Spotlights energy issues in ten European countries

  • Provides practical examples for new sustainable energy initiatives

  • Focuses on the role citizens play in reducing household energy use

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Table of contents (13 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xv
  2. An Introduction to Energy Demand Challenges in Europe

    • Frances Fahy, Gary Goggins
    Pages 1-7Open Access
  3. Framing the Sustainable Energy Challenge and Implications for Solutions

    • Charlotte Jensen, Inge Røpke, Gary Goggins, Frances Fahy
    Pages 9-19Open Access
  4. The Impact of German Energy Policy on Household Energy Use

    • Eoin Grealis, Annika-Kathrin Musch, Henrike Rau
    Pages 21-33Open Access
  5. The Role of Households in Danish Energy Policy: Visions and Contradictions

    • Inge Røpke, Charlotte Jensen, Maj-Britt Quitzau
    Pages 35-46Open Access
  6. Reducing Residential Carbon Emissions in Ireland: Challenges and Policy Responses

    • Gary Goggins, Frances Fahy, Eimear Heaslip
    Pages 47-57Open Access
  7. UK Responses to the Energy Challenge: Dominant Framings and New Imaginaries

    • Marfuga Iskandarova, Audley Genus
    Pages 59-69Open Access
  8. Slovenia: Focus on Energy Efficiency, Community Energy Projects and Energy Poverty

    • Lidija Živčič, Tomislav Tkalec
    Pages 95-104Open Access
  9. From Efficiency to Sufficiency: Insights from the Swiss Energy Transition

    • Laure Dobigny, Marlyne Sahakian
    Pages 105-114Open Access
  10. Sustainable Energy Consumption and Energy Poverty: Challenges and Trends in Bulgaria

    • Marko Hajdinjak, Desislava Asenova
    Pages 115-126Open Access
  11. Finnish Energy Policy in Transition

    • Eva Heiskanen, Senja Laakso, Kaisa Matschoss
    Pages 127-136Open Access
  12. Back Matter

    Pages 153-157

About this book

This open access book examines the role of citizens in sustainable energy transitions across Europe. It explores energy problem framing, policy approaches and practical responses to the challenge of securing clean, affordable and sustainable energy for all citizens, focusing on households as the main unit of analysis. The book revolves around ten contributions that each summarise national trends, socio-material characteristics, and policy responses to contemporary energy issues affecting householders in different countries, and provides good practice examples for designing and implementing sustainable energy initiatives. Prominent concerns include reducing carbon emissions, energy poverty, sustainable consumption, governance, practices, innovations and sustainable lifestyles. The opening and closing contributions consider European level energy policy, dominant and alternative problem framings and similarities and differences between European countries in relation to reducing household energy use. Overall, the book is a valuable resource for researchers, policy-makers, practitioners and others interested in sustainable energy perspectives.



  • energy policy
  • energy consumption
  • energy behaviour
  • energy demand
  • energy-related practice cultures
  • energy infrastructure
  • open access
  • Horizon 2020
  • sustainable consumption
  • energy transition
  • Danish energy system
  • residential carbon emissions
  • ‘BedZed’
  • sustainable energy
  • energy poverty
  • community energy projects
  • renewable energy

Editors and Affiliations

  • School of Geography and Archaeology and Ryan Institute, National University of Ireland Galway, Galway, Ireland

    Frances Fahy, Gary Goggins

  • Department of Planning, Aalborg University, Copenhagen, Denmark

    Charlotte Jensen

About the editors

Frances Fahy is Senior Lecturer in Geography at the National University of Ireland Galway and Lead Coordinator of the European H2020-funded ENERGISE project. Her research interests are in environmental planning and sustainability.

Gary Goggins is ENERGISE project manager at the National University of Ireland Galway. He holds a PhD in Environmental Sociology and Sustainability Studies, an MA in Community Development and a degree in Business Studies. His research interests include sustainable consumption and sociotechnical change.

Charlott Jensen is Assistant Professor at Aalborg University, Denmark. She holds an MSc in Innovation and Environmental Management and a PhD in Sociology of Technology and Consumption. Her research explores the environmental and social impacts of consumption and production. 

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Energy Demand Challenges in Europe

  • Book Subtitle: Implications for policy, planning and practice

  • Editors: Frances Fahy, Gary Goggins, Charlotte Jensen

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Palgrave Pivot Cham

  • eBook Packages: Social Sciences, Social Sciences (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019

  • License: CC BY

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-030-20338-2Published: 21 June 2019

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-030-20339-9Published: 07 June 2019

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XV, 157

  • Number of Illustrations: 35 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Environmental Sciences, Energy Policy, Economics and Management, Development Studies, Sustainability

Buying options

Hardcover Book USD 31.00
Price excludes VAT (USA)