The relevance of rebound effects for environmental policy

Rebound-Effekte: Ihre Bedeutung für die Umweltpolitik
De Haan, Peter; Anja Peters, Elsa Semmling, Hans Marth and Walter Kahlenborn 2015: The relevance of rebound effects for environmental policy. Dessau-Roßlau: Umweltbundesamt (UBA).

adelphi, Ernst Basler+Partner and the Fraunhofer Institute for System and Innovation Research (ISI) have been commissioned by the German Federal Environment Agency (UBA) to conduct a study on the significance of "rebound effects" in terms of environmental policy. This study delivers a systematic analysis of the practical relevance of rebound effects and elaborates on potential strategies towards diminishing them. This research project report initially summarises the current level of knowledge based on literature and existing data. It delivers a comprehensive overview of current research topics in the field of rebound effects, particularly in respect to energy-related rebound effects, but also on their occurence within non-energy resources. From this analysis, the authors draw conclusions about environmental policy recommendations and formulate research questions that still remain unanswered.

In the context of the project, a practical guide was also produced (Rebound Effects: How can Rebound be Reduced? A Practical Guide for Environmental Policy Practice (German only)), that means to act as an aid for the introduction, conception and implementation of environmental policy measures.

This publication is available in German only. Please read the abstract in English on page 4 for further information.