Application of Systems Thinking to energy demand reduction

Rachel Freeman*, Theo Tryfonas

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

The need to reduce energy demand has been firmly established, but progress so far has been limited. This paper postulates that a Systems Thinking approach could address some of the weaknesses of current policies, which include a lack of deep understanding into what really drives energy demand and how to change it at the user level. Several systems analysis tools are reviewed: the energy system can be conceptualized as a sociotechnical regime within a Multi Level Perspective framework, with regime changes a result of landscape pressures; alternatively, subsystems within the demand side system can be classified by problem-context type. Regarding applications of systems methodologies, a case study into the use of systems methods at Sustain Ltd by their low-carbon buildings practice is given. A non-capital approach that combines technology optimization, behavior change, and information feedback is expected to produce quick and low-cost energy savings within a school.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of 2011 6th International Conference on System of Systems Engineering: SoSE in Cloud Computing, Smart Grid, and Cyber Security, SoSE 2011
Pages143-148
Number of pages6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Event2011 6th International Conference on System of Systems Engineering: SoSE in Cloud Computing, Smart Grid, and Cyber Security, SoSE 2011 - Albuquerque, NM, United States
Duration: 27 Jun 201130 Jun 2011

Conference

Conference2011 6th International Conference on System of Systems Engineering: SoSE in Cloud Computing, Smart Grid, and Cyber Security, SoSE 2011
CountryUnited States
CityAlbuquerque, NM
Period27/06/1130/06/11

Keywords

  • carbon emissions reduction
  • energy demand reduction
  • sociotechnical transitions
  • systems thinking

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