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Policy mixes for more sustainable smart home technologies

13 May, 2021

Policy mixes for more sustainable smart home technologies

Benjamin K. Sovacool

Research paper   Digital Society

Benjamin K. Sovacool, Dylan D. Furszyfer del Rio and Steven Griffiths


Smart home technologies refer to devices that provide some degree of digitally connected, automated, or enhanced services to household occupants. Smart homes have become prominent in recent technology and policy discussions about energy efficiency, climate change, and the sustainability of buildings. Nevertheless, do they truly promote sustainability goals? Based on an extensive original dataset involving expert interviews, supplemented with a review of the literature, this study elaborates on an array of social, technical, political, and environmental risks facing smart home innovation, with clear implications for research, policy, and technology development. Only with a more thoughtful and coordinated mix of policies in place will smart home adoption begin to fulfill some of the sustainability objectives their advocates continually promise.

Publication details

Sovacool, B.K., Furszyfer Del Rio, D.D. and Griffiths, S. 2021. Policy mixes for more sustainable smart home technologies. Environmental Research Letters, 16(5): 054073. doi: 10.1088/1748-9326/abe90aOpens in a new tab 

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