Consumer Behavior and Energy Policy: An International Perspective

By Eric Monnier; George Gaskell et al. | Go to book overview

Finally, the last theme taken up is that of the everyday behavior of consumers. Our knowledge of thermal comfort is making rapid progress, although physiologists and psychologists still have differing viewpoints. For both thermal management of dwellings and investments in energy conservation, the motives of consumers are multiple and complex and cannot be reduced simply to minimization of costs. During the Conference practitioners encouraged research on the issue, which is taking on increased importance as the pressure from rising prices diminishes and the economic logic becomes less predominant.

We hope that this book, by discussing a wide variety of approaches and topics, will be useful to researchers and decision makers who want to understand the various facets of this complex social reality.

In conclusion, the Executive Committee of the Conference wishes to express their very sincere thanks to George Gaskell for preparing this volume and to all public and private organizations, both in France and from other countries, who have given us their financial support 2 and to the staff of the Centre Scientifique et Technique du Batiment for their generous help in the organization of this event.

Eric Monnier
Chairman of the Executive Committee
of the 2nd International Conference
on Consumer Behavior and Energy
Policy


NOTES
1.
The first conference in this series was held in the Netherlands in 1982. See Ester P., Gaskell G., Joerges B. , Midden C., Van W. F. Raaij, and De T. Vries, 1984. Consumer Behavior and Energy Policy. Amsterdam: North Holland.
2.
In alphabetical order they are: Agence Francaise pour la Maitrise de 1'Energie, France; Centre Scientifique et Technique du Batiment, France; Dutch Ministry of Housing, Physical Planning, and Environment, the Netherlands; International Institute for Environment and Society-- Wissenschaftszentrum, Berlin; Ministry of Research and Technology, France; Ministry of City Planning, Housing, and Transport, France; National Committee for Nuclear and Alternative Energy, Italy.

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