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Author Fourcroy, Charlotte ♦ Gallouj, FaÏz ♦ Decellas, Fabrice
Source Hyper Articles en Ligne (HAL)
Content type Text
File Format PDF
Language English
Subject Keyword services ♦ Energy consumption ♦ materiality ♦ interaction ♦ shs ♦ Humanities and Social Sciences/Economies and finances ♦ Humanities and Social Sciences/Business administration
Abstract This paper addresses the issue of energy consumption in service industries. Official energy statistics show that the amount of energy consumed in service industries is quite small, and this is explained in the theoretical literature by the presumed intangibility of these services. Our hypothesis, however, is that the energy consumed by services has been underestimated. After identifying and analyzing the full range of sources of energy consumption in service industries, we show that official energy statistics account for only a part of this consumption. Our work is based on a thorough rereading of the economics literature on services (especially concerning the definition of services and the specifics of the service provision process), done in light of our knowledge about energy consumption.
Educational Use Research
Learning Resource Type Proceeding
Publisher Date 2011-06-01
Organization conferenceOrganizer European Society for Ecological Economics