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Barriers for energy changes among end consumers and households - BARENERGY

Social Psychology

BARENERGY aims to identify the relevance and strengths of various barriers for energy behaviour changes among end consumers and households, and to discuss how activities from political authorities, energy producers and NGOs can overcome these barriers. It will address changes in consumer behaviour along two dimensions: energy saving and improvement of energy efficiency within households, and changes toward more sustainable and renewable energy technologies. BARENERGY combines an individual and institutional approach. Barenergy was funded by the European Commission, FP7, and conducted by a multidisciplinary team with researchers from Norway, France, Hungary, the Netherlands, Switzerland and the UK. For more information:

Main project

This project is part of project "Understanding environmental behaviour".

Researchers and partners

Behavioural and Social Sciences, Psychology
  • Martijn Keizer, Social Psychology
  • Judith de Groot, Social Psychology
  • Martijn van Zomeren, Social Psychology
  • Linda Steg, Social Psychology
Partners outside of the University of Groningen
  • National Institute for Consumer Research
  • University of Surrey
  • The Netherlands Organisations for Applied Scientific Research
  • Electricité de France
  • University of St. Gallen
  • Central European University
  • Centre for Sustainable Energy


Courses connected to this project
  • Master Environmental Psychology


  • De Groot, J.I.M., Steg, L., Keizer, M., Farsang, A., & Watt, A. (2012). Environmental values in post-socialist Hungary: Is it useful to distinguish egoistic, altruistic and biospheric values? Czech Sociological Review , 48 (3),421-440.
Successful grant proposals and other achievements
  • EU FP7

University's focus areas

  • Energy
  • Sustainable Society
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