Evaluating energy rebound effect – a meta-analysis


Dr Le Wen, Prof. Basil Sharp
Faculty of Business
Project code: BUS012

Increased energy savings from efficiencies may result in additional energy using activities or more energy-intensive production. This is known as a rebound effect. In extreme cases, the rebound effect may be so large that an improvement in energy efficiency may result in greater energy use. Promoting energy efficiency improvement without considering energy consumption or knowing the size of the rebound effects could result in not achieving greenhouse gas emissions targets. This project is to provide a systematic analysis of rebound effects and its linkage to the effectiveness of energy efficiency policies.

Goals: (1) Systematically review energy rebound effects retrieved from the empirical papers; (2) Assess variation of energy rebound effects from improved energy efficiency across studies; (3) Evaluate the linkage between rebound effects and energy efficiency policies.

Methods: meta-analysis, meta-regression analysis

Anticipated outputs from the student: The student will carry out a systematic review of relevant studies and assist with data analysis. The student will produce a written report on research findings.