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Energy-Related Behaviour of Consumers from the Silesia Province (Poland)—Towards a Low-Carbon Economy

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Department of Social and Economic Policy, University of Economics in Katowice, 1 Maja 50, 40-287 Katowice, Poland
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Department of International Economic Relations, University of Economics in Katowice, 1 Maja 50, 40-287 Katowice, Poland
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Department of Economic and Financial Analysis, University of Economics in Katowice, 1 Maja 50, 40-287 Katowice, Poland
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Academic Editor: David Borge-Diez
Energies 2021, 14(8), 2218; https://doi.org/10.3390/en14082218
Received: 21 March 2021 / Revised: 5 April 2021 / Accepted: 14 April 2021 / Published: 16 April 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Climate Change and Low-Carbon Economy)
The issue of energy behaviour among Polish consumers, and especially the motives and attitudes they manifest, is relatively under-researched. This article attempts to identify individual attitudes and beliefs of energy consumers using the example of the residents of the province of Silesia (Poland). The authors conducted the expert segmentation of respondents in terms of their motivation for saving energy, based on the results of their proprietary survey. The second stage of the study involved using a classification model that allowed for the characterisation of the obtained groups. Psychological and financial factors were of greatest significance, which is confirmed by the results of other studies. Nonetheless, the obtained results explicitly indicate the specificity of the region, which requires transformation towards a low-emission economy. Despite the initial stage of changes both in the awareness of the consumers and the public interventions of the authorities, it should be emphasized that a majority of the respondents—at least to a basic extent—declared taking energy-saving measures. Financial motives are predominant among the respondents, although pro-environmental motives can also be noticed, which might translate into increased involvement and concern for the environment and climate. View Full-Text
Keywords: energy behaviour; low-carbon economy; Silesia province; energy consumer segmentation; financial motives; pro-environmental motives; classification tree energy behaviour; low-carbon economy; Silesia province; energy consumer segmentation; financial motives; pro-environmental motives; classification tree
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Słupik, S.; Kos-Łabędowicz, J.; Trzęsiok, J. Energy-Related Behaviour of Consumers from the Silesia Province (Poland)—Towards a Low-Carbon Economy. Energies 2021, 14, 2218. https://doi.org/10.3390/en14082218

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Słupik S, Kos-Łabędowicz J, Trzęsiok J. Energy-Related Behaviour of Consumers from the Silesia Province (Poland)—Towards a Low-Carbon Economy. Energies. 2021; 14(8):2218. https://doi.org/10.3390/en14082218

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Słupik, Sylwia, Joanna Kos-Łabędowicz, and Joanna Trzęsiok. 2021. "Energy-Related Behaviour of Consumers from the Silesia Province (Poland)—Towards a Low-Carbon Economy" Energies 14, no. 8: 2218. https://doi.org/10.3390/en14082218

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