The implementation of a multi-annual agreement for energy efficiency in The Netherlands


Dinica, Valentina and Bressers, Hans Th.A. and Bruijn, Theo de (2007) The implementation of a multi-annual agreement for energy efficiency in The Netherlands. Energy policy, 35 (4). pp. 1196-1212. ISSN 0301-4215

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Abstract:The paper analyses the implementation of the second multi-annual agreement for energy efficiency concluded in the Netherlands with industrial sectors for the period 2002–2010. It aims to investigate whether the multi-annual agreement MJA2, as a voluntary instrument, is sufficiently stimulating behavioral change at the target group level, and sustained transformation of production and management patterns towards significant gains in energy efficiency. The analysis uses a Structure–Conduct–Performance analytical framework for implementation processes in order to: (a) analyze the setting of implementation, actor roles, attitudes and interactions; (b) discuss emerging obstacles and positive experiences with the implementation of the three core policy instruments envisaged: energy management system, process efficiency measures, and ‘expansion themes’ measures. Based on this policy recommendations are formulated regarding voluntary agreements in general, using the Structure–Conduct–Performance framework of implementation analysis, and regarding how the implementation process of MJA2 in particular could be improved.
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