Market Barriers for Energy Efficient City Systems in Five European Countries

Hannele Ahvenniemi, Nusrat Jung, Pekka Tuominen, Mia Ala-Juusela

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference abstract in proceedingsScientific


    The aim of this study was to identify the main market barriers which prevent energy efficiency improvements in cities and communities. The results reveal that despite the differences of the economic, cultural, social and political environments of the studied countries, some main market barriers seem to exist in all countries. The most significant identified barriers were educational/information-related barriers, cost-oriented thinking and bureaucratic/ regulatory barriers. The findings of this study suggest that some strategies could be implemented in all the studied countries: the government bodies should provide incentives for energy efficient refurbishment in forms of financial instruments, policies and subsidies; more supportive regulations and legal framework are needed, and social awareness could be raised by introducing educational programmes at different levels encompassing all stakeholders.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationsb13 munich, Implementing Sustainability – Barriers and Chances
    Subtitle of host publicationBook of Abstracts
    PublisherFraunhofer IRB Verlag
    ISBN (Electronic)978-3-8167-8966-6
    ISBN (Print)978-3-8167-8965-9
    Publication statusPublished - 2013
    MoE publication typeNot Eligible
    EventSustainable Building Conference, SB13 Munich: Implementing Sustainability - Barriers and Chances - Munich, Germany
    Duration: 24 Apr 201326 Apr 2013


    ConferenceSustainable Building Conference, SB13 Munich
    Abbreviated titleSB13


    • energy efficient city systems
    • financial
    • instruments
    • low-energy construction
    • market barriers
    • regulations
    • social barriers


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