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Fuel Switching: Institutional Factors of Influence

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Dr. K.G. Eising, Dr. M. Van Brummelen
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This report identifies institutional factors that can influence fuel-switching policy in the Netherlands and provides recommendations for increasing fuel switching at the household level. In the Netherlands, wet appliances (washing machine and water heaters) hold the greatest potential for fuel switching for environmental gain. The report determines that numerous organizational structures, political positions, economic interests and specific perceptions affect the market environment. The report concludes that the Netherlands government will likely need to develop and implement a public-private partnership to promote fuel switching if it is to reduce countrywide emissions.