Serious Gaming as a Means to Change Adolescents Attitudes Towards Saving Energy: Preliminary Results from the EnerCities Case

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    Abstract

    Reduction of energy consumption, and thus CO2 emissions, has become the focal point of energy and environmental policies worldwide. The 1997 Kyoto Protocol and The Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) have spurned the European Union (EU) to substantially curtail emissions (20% below 1990 levels by 2020). The “Peak Oil” phenomenon will further influence nations’ energy household for the coming decade. In this light it is interesting to see new developments in the field of e.g. electric and hybrid vehicles that consume no or limited fossil fuels.

    The substantial efforts that are required to reduce energy consumption and migrate towards sustainable energy sources have widespread repercussions, however, for industry and transportation as well as for the household. In fact, some have argued that focusing on household appliances and domestic lighting constitutes a cost-effective way to achieve energy savings [5]. Organic LEDs for lighting applications, for instance, constitutes an eyecatching technological development enabling low energy lighting. Although current and future technology (e.g. double-paned windows, insulation technology, and organic LED (Light-Emitting Diode) for lighting applications) may reduce energy consumption by an estimated 30 % [5], we cannot afford to overlook the role of consumer behaviour and psychology (cf. [10]). Indeed, influencing consumers to change their behaviour may substantially add to modern technology's energy-saving potential. In fact, some researchers suggest that focused attempts to do so may result in an energy reduction of at least 10 % ([6]; cf. [2]).
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationEden Annual Conference 2011
    Subtitle of host publicationDublin, Ireland, 19-22 June 2011: Proceedings
    EditorsAndras Szucs, Morten F. Paulsen
    Place of PublicationRed Hook, NY
    PublisherCurran Associates Inc.
    Pages66-72
    Number of pages5
    ISBN (Print)978-1-61839-135-3
    Publication statusPublished - 19 Jun 2011
    Event20th European Distance and e-Learning Network Annual Conference, EDEN 2011 - Dublin, Ireland
    Duration: 19 Jun 201122 Jun 2011
    Conference number: 20

    Conference

    Conference20th European Distance and e-Learning Network Annual Conference, EDEN 2011
    Abbreviated titleEDEN
    CountryIreland
    CityDublin
    Period19/06/1122/06/11

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