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The energy efficiency behaviour of individuals in large organisations: A case study of a major UK infrastructure operator

Zierler, Rupert, Wehrmeyer, Walter and Murphy, Richard (2017) The energy efficiency behaviour of individuals in large organisations: A case study of a major UK infrastructure operator Energy Policy, 104. pp. 38-49.

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Abstract

Energy consumption behaviours are gradually becoming better-understood. However, there is still a deficit in terms of knowledge of individuals’ energy-use behaviours in organisations, despite a variety of available theories. This paper addresses this need in three main stages, based on a survey among mid-level managers at a major infrastructure operator in Great Britain. Firstly, a principal components analysis is performed to identify key determinant constructs driving energy-efficient behaviours in organisations, revealing the importance of perceived benefit to the organisation and flexibility of existing performance goals and targets. Secondly, cluster analysis is undertaken, in an effort to identify differences in behavioural influences between demographic groups. These clusters highlight the heterogeneity of employee populations’ energy behaviours, demonstrating that assumptions cannot be made about these based on single responses to cross-industry surveys. Finally, a structural equation model of individuals’ energy use intentions and behaviours using the newly-identified constructs is developed, revealing some similarities with existing behavioural frameworks such as the Theory of Planned Behaviour (Ajzen, 1991). Implications for policymakers are then discussed, in terms of encouraging individual employees’ curtailment of energy consumption in organisations through tailored engagement programmes.

Item Type: Article
Subjects : Centre for Environment and Sustainability
Divisions : Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences > Centre for Environmental Strategy
Authors :
NameEmailORCID
Zierler, Rupertr.zierler@surrey.ac.ukUNSPECIFIED
Wehrmeyer, WalterW.Wehrmeyer@surrey.ac.ukUNSPECIFIED
Murphy, Richardrj.murphy@surrey.ac.ukUNSPECIFIED
Date : 26 January 2017
Identification Number : 10.1016/j.enpol.2017.01.033
Copyright Disclaimer : © 2017. This manuscript version is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/
Uncontrolled Keywords : Cluster analysis; Principal components; Energy behaviour; Organisational attitudes; Corporate sustainability; Technology adoption
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 31 Jan 2017 15:43
Last Modified : 19 Jul 2017 08:53
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/813404

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