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Prosuming – energy sufficiency and rebound effects Climate impact of changing household consumption patterns in Germany

Changes in energy consumption patterns after becoming a prosumer household are rarely associated with negative environmental effects, as prosuming is intuitively assumed to be emission-reducing. This paper demonstrates the importance of sufficiency-oriented energy prosumer behavior for climate neutrality goals by quantifying GHG emissions for photovoltaic (PV) prosumers at the German house-hold and energy system level. Based on the results, recommendations are derived for promoting energy sufficiency in prosumer households.

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