In the course of the current energy crisis caused by the Russian war in Ukraine and of the continuously intensifying climate crisis, a group of scientists and NGO staff coordinated by Corinna Fischer have published a policy paper on #energysufficiency.
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With the paper, the authors demand energy sufficiency to be declared a guiding principle of energy and climate policy, followed and complemented by efficiency and renewable energy. They further state that financial support should not subsidise consumption but relieve disadvantaged and vulnerable groups and enable them to save energy. Sufficiency policy needs a mix of policy instruments consisting of communication and information campaigns but also regulation as well as clear price signals.
The original (German) version of the policy paper can be read and downloaded here: https://zenodo.org/record/6405939
The english version of the policy paper (translated by Almut Bonhage) is available for download here.