Bridges, tunnels, buildings – concrete plays a key role in our daily life. How is it manufactured? Can it be recycled? What is its climate impact? Read on and you’ll find out how we can decarbonize concrete. Read More
Can randomized field experiments help close the energy efficiency gap? / Können randomisierte Feldstudien helfen, die Energieeffizienzlücke zu schliessen?On 05.12.2019 by Nina Boogen
Some time ago economists appropriated a method from medical research called randomized controlled trials, which has become the “golden standard” to detect causal effects of a policy intervention. Could they also assist in closing the energy efficiency gap? In this blog article, I argue why they could, but also why they are not a universal remedy. Read More
Findings from the Swiss Household and Energy Demand Survey shed new light on the willingness to live in a more energy-efficient building. Most surprisingly: more than 50% of the participating tenants would accept a higher rent increase than the expected savings from their energy bills after the renovation. Read More
Thanks to unreliable electricity grids, fossil-fuel powered generators in low- and middle-income countries constitute as much generation capacity as up to 1,000 coal-fired plants, finds a new report from the IFC and the Schatz Energy Research Center. That sounds bad for the climate and public health, but generators also help people stay out of poverty… Read More
Why we have already ‘crossed the bridge’, necessitating a phase-out and heavy divestment from natural gas. The solutions are reliable, cost-competitive, and ready – decarbonized renewable energy sources with storage. Read More
The energy-efficiency gap describes how firms and individuals underinvest in profitable energy-saving technologies.
Will there be a similar gap for investments in renewables? Read More
Welcome! You have found the Energy Blog @ ETH, a newly founded initiative to foster a debate around energy research and policy. We know there is fascinating work coming out of ETH Zurich, but often the work is very specific and its implications for society, policymakers, and individuals do not easily get across. Given the unprecedented challenges to transform our energy system, academic ivory towers do not work. We are here to break them up and mix science with policy and society. Read More
- Concrete – the building material of a 1.5°C world?
- Can randomized field experiments help close the energy efficiency gap? / Können randomisierte Feldstudien helfen, die Energieeffizienzlücke zu schliessen?
- Retrofitting for good: insights from the Swiss Household Energy Demand Survey
- Understanding the Scale of Back-up Generation in the Developing World
- Natural gas: a bridge fuel to nowhere