Abstract for: The dynamics of rebound effects of sharing systems: an initial reflection

We stand at a tipping point in society, which calls for innovative and transformative approaches that are capable of addressing the global sustainability challenges. Significant improvements in sustainability performance have been achieved in several products and services. However, the potential savings are never realized, due to rebound effects. In this paper, System Dynamics is employed to demonstrate how rebound effects can be modelled to support decision-making when evaluating sharing systems. By conceptualizing a systemic and holistic approach to rebound effects that encompasses environmental, social and economic aspects into a unique causal feedback structure, decision-makers are better equipped to deal with the challenges and uncertainties posed by the rebound effects in complex products, services and product-service systems.