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Energy Efficiency in Europe; Stochastic-Convergent and Non-Convergent Countries

  • Angeliki MenegakiEmail author
  • Aviral K. Tiwari
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Abstract

Energy efficiency emerges as one of the most important pillars for consumer-centered clean energy transition in Europe. Based on commitments of the European Commission announced in December 2016, Europe prioritizes effort sharing among countries and each country is responsible for finding ways of implementation. This chapter examines the integration properties of primary and final energy efficiency convergence as well as energy productivity convergence (as a proxy for energy efficiency) in 35 European countries over the period 1995–2014. Besides the conventional unit root tests, we apply some of the most recently developed Lagrange multiplier (LM) tests that account for structural breaks, autocorrelation, and cross-sectional dependence which is typically expected to permeate economic unions. Results show there is convergence in energy efficiency despite the economic crisis and the different accession dates of the countries in the European Union as well as the shocks injected into the system by the issuance of the various energy directives so far. Most breaks take place within the period of 1995–2003. The strongest evidence for convergence applies for Finland and Romania (which also happens to belong to the same convergence club for primary energy), while the weakest applies for Ukraine and the UK (which also belongs to the same convergent club for primary energy).

Keywords

Club convergence Energy efficiency Europe Nonlinearities Structural breaks 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Economics and Management of Tourist BusinessesAgricultural University of AthensAmfissaGreece
  2. 2.Montpellier Business SchoolMontpellierFrance
  3. 3.Cyprus Open UniversityNicosiaCyprus

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