Setting the Agenda



The improvement of energy efficiency in industry is the focus of this book. We apply an interdisciplinary perspective in examining energy efficiency in small- and medium-sized enterprises. In this introductory chapter, we present the book’s aim and contributions. We discuss various perspectives on energy systems and why an interdisciplinary approach to energy efficiency in industry is urgently needed. We elaborate on interdisciplinarity and what it means in practice. The chapter also includes a brief discussion on sustainability and its principles, the differences between the perspectives of individual companies and of the government, and ends by outlining how the book is organized.


European Union Energy Efficiency Energy Policy Energy Management Improve Energy Efficiency 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1. Department of Management and EngineeringLinköping UniversityLinköpingSweden
  2. 2.Department of Thematic StudiesLinköping UniversityLinköpingSweden

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