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Thomas Schinko, Ariane Weifner, Angela Köppl (WIFO)
The Interaction of Energy Services, Breakthrough Technologies, and Human Need Satisfaction. EconTrans Working Paper #1
WIFO Working Papers, 2021, (633), 35 pages
Commissioned by: Klima- und Energiefonds
Study by: Austrian Institute of Economic Research – International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis – University of Graz, Wegener Center for Climate and Global Change
Online since: 09.07.2021 0:00
In the context of research on long-run transformations, such as the low-carbon energy transformation, research interest is growing on how to define and measure human well-being meaningfully. The working paper provides a thorough discussion of the literature on well-being and human needs in the context of energy consumption and confronts this scientific discourse with the concept of energy services, or functionalities. Based on a thorough literature review and a comprehensive stakeholder consultation process, we show, that energy services represent the crucial link between energy use (and related GHG emissions) and human need satisfaction.
Research group:Environment, Agriculture and Energy

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