University of Twente Student Theses


Climate Active City Enschede

Defize, D. R. (2018) Climate Active City Enschede.

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Abstract:This bachelor thesis researches the adoption potential of the smart rainwater buffer in Enschede. In this concept, households reduce the strain on the sewage system, by buffering rainwater, which can be re-used or selectively drained. This research uses constructs from the diffusion of innovations, technology acceptance model and theory of planned behaviour to identify factors that influence pro-environmental behaviour and to design an introduction strategy. These factors are evaluated in interviews with residents that showed interest in the project. The results prevail ignorance on the liability for flood damages, and the height of the sewage fee tax, which can be used in informational interventions. The evaluation of external factors shows a lack of institutional examples of pro-environmental behaviour and an appreciation for external approach to participate in pro-environmental projects. The results also map out the preferences and willingness to pay for different designs. The majority indicates to prefer a single investment. Motivation to adopt a smart rainwater buffers seems personal and rather dependent on the design. The report proposes informational and structural interventions for the introduction of the smart rainwater buffer.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:EEMCS: Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science
Subject:43 environmental science
Programme:Creative Technology BSc (50447)
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