• Franceso Musco
  • Maryke van Staden
Part of the Advances in Global Change Research book series (AGLO, volume 39)


The changing approach towards energy, increasingly regarding it as a comodity that needs to be reassessed in terms of its value, is visible throughout the modern world. This change can also be seen at the community level, with local governments and citizens being impacted by rising fuel prices and issues of energy scarcity and stability. The need for sufficient and affordable energy, as elements of energy security, are among others leading to a review of local resources, developing new concepts for generating and using energy more efficiently, considering how people as energy users should change their lifestyles.


Energy security lifestyle change local climate action local governments mandate for action smart grids sustainable energy valuable commodity 

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© Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  • Franceso Musco
    • 1
  • Maryke van Staden
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PlanningUniversity IUAV of VeniceVeniceItaly
  2. 2.ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability, European SecretariatFreiburgGermany

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