Environmental Motivations Behind Individuals’ Daily Energy Saving Behaviour: Evidence from Germany, The Netherlands and Belgium

  • Vladimir Udalov
Part of the SpringerBriefs in Climate Studies book series (BRIEFSCLIMATE)


The impact of environmental motivations on the individual’s decisions regarding the adoption of energy-saving habits are analysed on the basis of a representative online survey carried out in Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands. Various daily energy-saving activities are considered. Accounting for endogeneity in the basic estimation model, the subject’s experience with extreme weather events are used as an instrument for environmental motivations. This study provides empirical evidence that apart from the Belgian sub-sample, where environmental motivations are either nonsignificant or even decrease the probability of performing daily energy-saving behaviour, almost all types of daily-energy saving behaviours are positively associated with environmental motivations among the German and Dutch respondents. The findings suggest that policy programmes aimed at raising environmental awareness and forming pro-environmental motivations can lead to an increase in daily energy-saving activities in Germany and the Netherlands.


Environmental behaviour Energy-saving behaviour Instrumental variable approach Environmental motivation Extreme whether events Survey 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Vladimir Udalov
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  1. 1.School of Business and EconomicsUniversity of WuppertalWuppertalGermany

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