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The Transition to Improved Water-Related Energy Management: Enabling Contexts for Policy Innovation

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School of Chemical Engineering, The University of Queensland, Brisbane 4072, Australia
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School of Political Science, The University of Queensland, Brisbane 4072, Australia
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Water 2020, 12(2), 557; https://doi.org/10.3390/w12020557
Received: 16 December 2019 / Revised: 12 February 2020 / Accepted: 13 February 2020 / Published: 17 February 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Modelling and Management of the Energy Impact of Urban Water)
We explored the potential for improved policy and regulation with a direct focus on household water-related energy (WRE) management in urban Victoria (Australia). Semi-structured interviews were employed to understand the perspectives of relevant actors within the existing institutional landscape. In this paper, questions about institutional and policy change are addressed through consideration of the literature on transitions management and institutional entrepreneurship. Key policy opportunities identified by the actors include consumer education and advocacy for behaviour change and technology adoption, and further development of residential building standards to improve the selection and layout of building services at the design phase. The work highlights medium-term opportunities to create an enabling environment for policy practitioners in Victoria to improve management of water-related energy use in households. The work provides an important new perspective on transitions theory in the field of integrated resources management. View Full-Text
Keywords: water; energy; residential; transitions management; institutional entrepreneurship; integrated resource management water; energy; residential; transitions management; institutional entrepreneurship; integrated resource management
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Binks, A.; Head, B.; Lant, P.; Kenway, S. The Transition to Improved Water-Related Energy Management: Enabling Contexts for Policy Innovation. Water 2020, 12, 557.

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