Keywords: energy demand, power, electricity, energy consumption, carbon dioxide emissions, reduction, German households, energy savings, saving potential, scenario analysis, Germany, greenhouse gas emissions, sustainable development, sustainability, environmental impact
Energy demand of German households and saving potential
The implementation of the principles of sustainable development requires both using potentialities in saving resources and cutting down emissions (efficiency strategies) as well as more conscious patterns of behaviour of the actors involved (sufficiency strategies). Starting from the current situation of annual CO2 emissions of about 10 t and a sustainability goal of 1?2 t CO2 emissions per inhabitant and year, the question arises in how far households can contribute to achieve this goal. Therefore, in this paper, the environmental impacts of the energy demand of German households will be evaluated by means of describing its status quo and there from deriving saving potentials.