Specific actions in households like voluntary reducing energy use or changes in consumption patterns, are supposed to have an impact on reducing carbon emissions and so, fighting climate change. This is perceived as an easy, cheap and effective way for policy makers to achieve climate targets. Therefore, they foster them. Voluntary energy conservation also generates monetary savings for households and, beyond appealing to environmental awareness, this is another (important) argument policy-makers use to persuade households to save energy.
However, these policies do not take into account for something obvious and relevant. These monetary resources trigger indirect and economy-wide rebound effects, i.e. additional climate and environmental impacts.
The JEVONS project is a research project by Jaume Freire (ENT Foundation) with the objective of obtaining a better understanding of the Jevons’ Paradox and its potential solutions. He is investigating how government interventions can minimise the Jevons’ Paradox, and where is the limit of it through the case study of Catalonia. It is funded by a Beatriu de Pinós research grant from the Government of Catalonia