© 2009

Energy Efficiency and Sustainable Consumption

The Rebound Effect

  • Horace Herring
  • Steve Sorrell

Part of the Energy, Climate and the Environment Series book series (ECE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Introduction

    1. Steve Sorrell, Horace Herring
      Pages 1-19
  3. Direct Rebound Effects

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 21-21
    2. Steve Sorrell
      Pages 23-46
    3. Manuel Frondel, Jörg Peters, Colin Vance
      Pages 47-66
  4. Economy-wide Rebound Effects

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 67-67
    2. Grant Allan, Michelle Gilmartin, Peter G. McGregor, J. Kim Swales, Karen Turner
      Pages 69-98
    3. Harry D. Saunders
      Pages 99-118
    4. Steve Sorrell
      Pages 136-164
  5. Rebound Effects and Sustainable Consumption

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 165-165
    2. Roger Levett
      Pages 185-203
    3. Jørgen S. Nørgård
      Pages 204-223
    4. Horace Herring
      Pages 224-239
    5. Steve Sorrell, Horace Herring
      Pages 240-261
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 262-266

About this book


This book challenges conventional wisdom by showing how, in some circumstances, improved energy efficiency may increase energy consumption. Relying upon energy efficiency to reduce carbon emissions could therefore be misguided. This book explores the broader implications for climate change and sustainable consumption.


climate change economy efficiency energy consumption Policy

Editors and affiliations

  • Horace Herring
    • 1
  • Steve Sorrell
    • 2
  1. 1.Energy and Environment Research UnitThe Open UniversityUK
  2. 2.Sussex Energy GroupUniversity of SussexUK

About the editors

HORACE HERRING is a freelance researcher and writer based at the Open University, UK. His research interests include energy efficiency, environmental history and sustainable consumption.

STEVE SORRELL is a Senior Fellow in the Sussex Energy Group at SPRU, Sussex University, UK. His research interests include energy efficiency, climate policy and emissions trading.

Bibliographic information

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'Written for researchers, policy-makers and environmentalist, the book summarises the current state of knowledge, presents new research and explores the conditions under which energy efficiency can contribute to sustainability.' - International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education