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Active, passive, non-existing or conditional?: Social relations shaping energy use at workplaces
University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division of Social Work and Social Pedagogy. RISE Research Institutes of Sweden, Division Built Environment, Energy and Circular Economy, Box 857, Borås, SE-501 15, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-4382-1215
RISE Research Institutes of Sweden, Division Built Environment, Energy and Circular Economy, Box 857, Borås, SE-501 15, Sweden.
RISE Research Institutes of Sweden, Division Built Environment, Energy and Circular Economy, Box 857, SE-501 15, Borås, Sweden.
2019 (English)In: Energy Research & Social Science, ISSN 2214-6296, E-ISSN 2214-6326, Vol. 51, p. 148-155Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Energy efficiency concerns the entire workplace and a cooperative approach is important for achieving ambitious energy reduction targets. Despite this, many organisations still mainly regard energy efficiency as a technical issue involving just a few specialists. A focus on the social relations and processes that shape work on energy issues is lacking. The aim of this paper is to illuminate and explore social relations between the staff driving energy issues and their co-workers. The analysis presented is based upon two features shaping their mutual engagement for reducing energy use: the communication strategy on energy issues undertaken by the workplace and the support for energy efficiency and conservation among the staff. The study provides insights gained from an interview study done in a Swedish organisation as well as from social science research in the field. The result is a conceptual framework that describes four relationships between the drivers of change and their co-workers. These relationships are characterized as active, passive, non-existing and conditional engagement in energy efficiency and conservation. The framework can be used as a tool for identifying social constraints and possibilities for reducing the use of energy at workplaces as well as in other contexts. © 2019 Elsevier Ltd

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2019. Vol. 51, p. 148-155
Keywords [en]
Energy efficiency, Energy conservation, Social potential, Social relations, Workplace
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Energy Engineering Sociology
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SOCIAL SCIENCE, Sociology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-13513DOI: 10.1016/j.erss.2018.12.014ISI: 000465315300016Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85060531982OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hv-13513DiVA, id: diva2:1293805
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Funders: Göteborgs Energi

Available from: 2019-03-05 Created: 2019-03-05 Last updated: 2019-06-05Bibliographically approved

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