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Interventions to increase energy efficiency through consumer behaviour: helping achieve Europe’s climate objectives

Thursday 6th June 2019

Bruegel Institute, Rue de la Charité 33, Brussels

Organised by the Horizon 2020 and European Research Council projects CONSEED, PENNY and COBHAM.

Energy efficiency needs to play a central role if the EU is to succeed in reaching net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. Consumers, and the choices they make, have the power to reduce the carbon footprint of the economy, while bringing co-benefits to themselves and society. More knowledge about consumer choices can help policy-makers and industry to address barriers to the low-carbon transition.

This event has now taken place - download all the presentations on the CONSEED website

SESSION 1 - 10:30 – 13:00 POLICY

After a keynote by Hans van Steen , Acting Director, Renewables, Research and Innovation, Energy Efficiency, DG ENER, European Commission, this seminar will present insights from three EU funded research projects  that have evaluated implications of innovative behavioural tools to stimulate energy efficiency  and accelerate the low carbon transition . The panel will discuss the policy options proposed by the projects and whether these can help Europe reach its climate and energy objectives.

Other speakers include:

  • Paolo Falcioni, Director General, Applia (Home Appliance Europe)
  • Radoš Horacek, Policy Officer, Energy Efficiency, DG ENER , European Commission
  • Breda Kutin, President, Slovene Consumers Association & Executive Member, European Consumer Organisation (BEUC)
  • Georg Zachmann, Senior Fellow, Bruegel
  • Eleanor Denny, Associate Professor of Economics, Trinity College Dublin (CONSEED)
  • Cristina Cattaneo, Scientist at RFF-CMCC European Institute on Economics and the Environment (EIEE), CMCC and FEEM, Milano ( PENNY)
  • Massimo Tavoni, Associate Professor, School of Management of Politecnico di Milano, Director of the European Institute on Economics and the Environment (EIEE) (COBHAM)
  • Linda Steg, Professor of Environmental Psychology, University of Groningen ( PENNY)
  • Moderator: Sonja van Renssen, Climate, energy & environment journalist

13:00 - 14:00 LUNCH


In the afternoon, we will take a deep dive into core topics covered by the three research projects to discuss impacts on policy, research and society (This is a separate event, but all participants in the morning policy session are welcome to attend. The deep-dive sessions will take place in the same venue as the morning session.)

Deep Dive 1: Energy Efficiency in Appliance Decisions

1. Energy efficiency-related information and consumers’ purchase (PENNY)

2. Consumer attitudes to energy efficiency in the appliances market (CONSEED)

3. Motivating energy efficiency investments (COBHAM)

Deep Dive 2: Energy Efficiency in Whole Home Energy Use

1. Intrinsic and Extrinsic incentives in home energy use (PENNY)

2. The importance of energy efficiency in property sales and rental (CONSEED)

3. Energy savings from social comparison and increased self readings (COBHAM)

Deep Dive 3: Modelling Energy Efficiency

1. Scenarios and analysis of policy interactions in the EU (PENNY)

2. Modelling human behavior in energy-economy-climate models (COBHAM)


The event is joint-funded through European Union Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme Grant Agreements No. 723741 (CONSEED) and No. 723791 (PENNY), and the European Research Council (COBHAM)


6 June 2019

Bruegel Institute, Rue de la Charité 33, 1210 Saint-Josse-ten-Noode, Belgium

Rue de la Charité 33
1210 Saint-Josse-ten-Noode Bruxelles

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