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Addressing Behavioural Barriers to Energy Digitalization

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Many technologies have been developed recently to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through digitalization. Although many of these technologies are readily available, the pace of energy system transformation is slow. One of the crucial factors, and the missing link in understanding the lagging implementation of these technologies, is human psychology. Individual psychological and behavioural barriers to adopting digitalization must be overcome to realize the full potential of technologies.

The present document takes into account psychological aspects and focuses on energy behaviour (actions that affect the way energy is utilized to achieve desired services) and its interlinkages with digitalization, energy efficiency, and broader energy system transformation. It identifies and assesses seven barriers and suggests ways to overcome them.