The Transition to Improved Water-Related Energy Management: Enabling Contexts for Policy Innovation

Amanda Binks, Brian Head, Paul Lant, Steven Kenway
2020 Water  
We explored the potential for improved policy and regulation with a direct focus on household water-related energy (WRE) management in urban Victoria (Australia). Semi-structured interviews were employed to understand the perspectives of relevant actors within the existing institutional landscape. In this paper, questions about institutional and policy change are addressed through consideration of the literature on transitions management and institutional entrepreneurship. Key policy
more » ... es identified by the actors include consumer education and advocacy for behaviour change and technology adoption, and further development of residential building standards to improve the selection and layout of building services at the design phase. The work highlights medium-term opportunities to create an enabling environment for policy practitioners in Victoria to improve management of water-related energy use in households. The work provides an important new perspective on transitions theory in the field of integrated resources management.
doi:10.3390/w12020557 fatcat:lcynzy4z2va35lbjxurfxnecrq