Drivers and Barriers for Municipal Retrofitting Activities – Evidence from a Large-Scale Survey of German Local Authorities
30 Pages Posted: 28 Nov 2017
Date Written: November 01, 2017
Local authorities are key actors for implementing innovative energy efficiency technologies (retrofitting) to reduce end-use energy demand and consequently reduce negative effects of high energy use such as climate change and public budget deficits. This paper reports the results of a large-scale survey of German municipalities assessing drivers and barriers for deploying LED street lighting as an example of innovative retrofits. The results indicate competencies and capacities, transparency of the underlying technology base, and a clear proposition of savings are crucial drivers for municipal retrofitting engagement. Most significant barriers include lack of experience, the tendency to wait for future improvements of innovative energy efficiency technologies, and existing contracts with energy suppliers, manufacturers, or other conventional retrofitting contractors. Investments in municipal competency building (both regarding technologies and procurement) as well as diffusing standard tendering criteria and (public) monitoring their effectiveness are highly recommended to accelerate the municipal modernisation process.
Keywords: Energy Efficiency, Retrofitting, Local Authorities, LED, Lighting
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