The optimised use of energy for technological applications in Germany has so far failed to produce a notable reduction of the absolute energy consumption. However, in addition to the use of renewable energy (consistence strategy), reduced consumption is essential to achieve the goals of the Energy Transition. The sufficiency strategy as a ‘cultural route’ seeks the limitation and long-term reduction of the absolute energy and resource consumption, and associated negative environmental impacts. Thus, energy sufficiency is a sustainability strategy that aims to limit or reduce the demand for energy supplied by technology through changes in technology use and other use aspects to a sustainable level.
Ifeu seeks and explores approaches for energy-sufficient appliance design, alternatives for action and practice, and beneficial infrastructure to contribute to resource-light everyday life.