The roles of users in shaping transitions to new energy systems

J. Schot, L. Kanger, G.P.J. Verbong

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Current government information policies and market-based instruments aimed at influencing the energy choices of consumers
often ignore the fact that consumer behaviour is not fully reducible to individuals making rational conscious decisions all the
time. The decisions of consumers are largely configured by shared routines embedded in socio-technical systems. To achieve
a transition towards a decarbonized and energy-efficient system, an approach that goes beyond individual consumer choice
and puts shared routines and system change at its centre is needed. Here, adopting a transitions perspective, we argue that
consumers should be reconceptualized as users who are important stakeholders in the innovation process and are shaping new
routines and enacting system change. We review the role of users in shifts to [Au:OK?] new decarbonized and energy-efficient
systems and provide a typology of user roles.
Original languageEnglish
Article number16054
Pages (from-to)1-7
Number of pages7
JournalNature Energy
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 6 May 2016


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