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Energy crisis – impacts on households, industries and energy transition

ASG 2023-2024

The availability of affordable energy is deeply embedded in our way of life and in our everyday practice. A stable and cost-effective energy supply is crucial for modern society in sectors such as building, transport and industry. At the same time, energy use is also a major source of emissions which are detrimental for climate and the environment. These emissions must be reduced in order to meet climate targets. Because energy use is such a vital part of our society, volatility in energy prices, especially increases, have major consequences for people, companies, institutions, and businesses.

industry landscape. Photo.

In recent years, the global energy market has faced a series of difficult challenges and crises.  The pandemic, followed by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, has led to a shortage of natural gas, which in turn has led to sharply increased energy prices.

In this Advanced Study Group researchers with expertise in energy systems (production, distribution, and use), environment andclimate, behavioral science, economics and law, are interested in understanding the consequences, and explore various aspects of the ongoing energy crises, such as energy poverty, customer response, gender aspects, effects on industries and households, climate change adaptation, effects on energy markets and energy market design.

The group will explore the following questions:

  • How different types of households and industry sectors experience theenergy crisis.
  • How gender and social class matter for how the energy crisis is experienced, and what practice changes are being performed?
  • To what extend the energy crisis gives lasting changes in everyday practices that point towards a green transition.
  • Effects on the global south and Sweden/Europe