This July the new book of Jaume Freire (ENT) entitled “Energy Efficiency and the rebound effect. Concepts, methods and policies” (in Spanish) has been released. It is one of the first monographies on this topic published in Spanish.
The rebound effect occurs when an increase in the energy efficiency does not translate into the expected energy savings. This is due to an underselling of the costs of the energy service affected, which has just been translated into a greater demand for this, and therefore totally or partially compensates the savings derived from a greater efficiency. It also increases the disposable income, increasing the consumption of other goods and services that need energy to be produced. Although there is consensus among the scientific community that the rebound effect exists, there are discrepancies in determining its magnitude. Some of them note that an improvement of the efficiency produces a certain energy saving, but less than the potential, while others contend that after an improvement of efficiency there is a net increase of energy consumption, producing what in the literature is known as the Jevons paradox. This book presents the state of the question, and plunges into the main concepts, theoretical and methodological developments, as well as policies to deal with it.
The book by Jaume Freire has been published by the Fundació ENT, as number 2 of its DOCS collection. This collection publishes titles on applied research in the fields of ecological economics, environmental management and political ecology.
Jaume Freire Gonzalez has a PhD in Applied Economics from the Autonomous University of Barcelona. Currently is a Marie Curie researcher at the Economics Department ofHarvard Universityand at ENT. He has worked as a researcher at the Environmental Change Institute of Oxford University and as a consultant to various Governments and international agencies. His work is focused on the interactions between the economy and the environment from the perspective of the ecological and environmental economics. Is an expert in the rebound effect of energy efficiency and the Jevons Paradox.