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Interactions of White Certificates for energy efficiency and other energy and climate policy instruments

27 May 2010

Promotie: dhr. V. Oikonomou, 14.45 uur, Academiegebouw, Broerstraat 5, Groningen

Proefschrift: Interactions of White Certificates for energy efficiency and other energy and climate policy instruments

Promotor(s): prof.dr. C.J. Jepma

Faculteit: Economie en Bedrijfskunde

Contact: Vlasis Oikonomou, tel. +31 645380712, e-mail: vlasis@jiqweb.org

Interactions of White Certificates for energy efficiency and other energy and climate policy instruments

The EU and its member states are developing their own policies targeting at energy supply, energy demand and environmental goals that are indirectly linked to energy use. As these policies are implemented in an already policy crowded environment, interactions of these instruments take place, which can be complementary, competitive and even self exclusive. Oikonomou tested White Certificates for energy efficiency improvement in the end-use sectors. A core lesson is that when evaluating ex-ante instruments, a variety of economic and technological methods must be applied. Based on these methods, several endogenous and exogenous conditions affect the performance of White Certificates schemes with other policy instruments. Due to the innovative character of White Certificates and the uncertainty of hidden costs embedded into it, ex-ante evaluations should focus not only on the effectiveness and efficiency of the scheme, but on several other criteria which express the political acceptability and socioeconomic effects. Finally, White Certificates can make effective use of market forces and can assist in overcoming market barriers towards energy efficiency. It is expected that under certain preconditions it can be integrated with other policy instruments and allows to achieve cost effectively multiple environmental objectives.

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