Introducing Harmful Low Energy Technology Disrupts in Europe: Shouldn't We Have Considered Consumers First?

15 Pages Posted: 4 Sep 2012

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Giuseppe Catenazzo

ICN Business School

Emmanuel Fragniere

University of Applied Sciences Western Switzerland - Geneva School of Business Administration

Roman Kanala

University of Geneva

Date Written: June 30, 2012

Abstract

Regulations around the world are forbidding incandescence bulbs in an attempt to curb electricity consumption. However, lighting occupies a very small share in the total electricity consumption. The replacement technology, mostly fluorescent bulbs count among drawbacks a negative impact on human health and increasing issues for their ecological elimination. Consumers feel attached to the incandescent bulbs but gradually moving to low consumption bulbs. In this paper, we list the disadvantages of fluorescent bulbs and examine some consumers' relationships with light bulbs. This is to add further elements to shift the debate away from electricity savings towards ecological and health concerns.

Keywords: Lighting, bulbs, consumer’s choice, legislation, energy policy, public health risk

Suggested Citation

Catenazzo, Giuseppe and Fragniere, Emmanuel and Kanala, Roman, Introducing Harmful Low Energy Technology Disrupts in Europe: Shouldn't We Have Considered Consumers First? (June 30, 2012). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2140477 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2140477

Giuseppe Catenazzo (Contact Author)

ICN Business School ( email )

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Emmanuel Fragniere

University of Applied Sciences Western Switzerland - Geneva School of Business Administration ( email )

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Roman Kanala

University of Geneva ( email )

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Carouge, CH - 1227
Switzerland
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