Transfer of Policy Instruments to Save Electricity (TRANSPOSE)

TRANSPOSE investigates electricity saving potentials of private households. Starting point for this interdisciplinary research project is the question, why technological potentials to save electricity in households are not sufficiently harnessed.


University of Münster, German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, Programme ‘Social-Ecological Research’



  • Universität Münster, Institut für Politikwissenschaft (Gesamtleitung)
  • Freie Universität Berlin, Forschungsstelle für Umweltpolitik (FFU)
  • Öko-Institut e.V., Universität Kassel
  • Institut für Psychologie, Sozial- und Innovationspsychologie
  • Universität Konstanz, Lehrstuhl für Materielle Staatstheorie

The underlying assumption of Transpose is that barriers for an efficient electricity use are located both at the behavioural level of users and in its social context (e.g. utilities, appliance manufacturers, retail).

The aim of Transpose is to

  • identify effective instruments to further energy efficient at both levels, individual and social;
  • analyse requirements and conditions of a transfer of such instruments to the German context;
  • develop appropriate strategies for the transfer and implementation of such instruments in Germany; and
  • suggest strategies for political intervention.