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

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CONSEED, PENNY, COBHAM  Energy Efficiency Symposium

CONSEED, PENNY, COBHAM Energy Efficiency Symposium

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.

Thursday 6th June 2019 -  Bruegel Institute, Rue de la Charité 33, Brussels


Session 1: Policy 10:30 – 13:00

Session 2: Research Deep Dives 14:00 - 17:30

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


Policy Session 10:30-13:00


The morning Policy Session  (10:30-13:00) will be begin with a keynote by Hans van Steen, Acting Director, Renewables, Research and Innovation, Energy Efficiency, DG ENER, European Commission.


We will then hear from insights from three EU funded research projects that have evaluated implications of innovative behavioural tools to stimulate energy efficiencyand 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, 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

Lunch 13:00-14:00


Research Deep Dives 14:00 - 17:30


In the afternoon Research Deep Dives (14:00-17:00), 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)
    • Presenter: Massimo Filippini, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich, ETH
  2. Consumer attitudes to energy efficiency in the appliances market (CONSEED)
    • Presenter: Ibon Galarraga, Basque Centre for Climate Change
  3. Motivating energy efficiency investments (COBHAM)
    • Presenter: Massimo Tavoni, Politecnico di Milano and EIEE

Moderator: Eleanor Denny


Deep Dive 2: Energy Efficiency in Whole Home Energy Use

  1. Intrinsic and Extrinsic incentives in home energy use (PENNY)
    • Presenter: Ellen var der Werff, University of Groningen
  2. The importance of energy efficiency in property sales and rental (CONSEED)
    • Presenter: James Carroll, Trinity College Dublin
  3. Energy savings from social comparison and increased self readings (COBHAM)
    • Presenter: Jacopo Bonan, Politecnico di Milano and EIEE

Moderator: Massimo Tavoni


Deep Dive 3: Modelling Energy Efficiency

  1. Scenarios and analysis of policy interactions in the EU (PENNY)
    • Presenter: Martin Baikowski, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster
  2. Modelling human behavior in energy-economy-climate models (COBHAM)
    • Presenter: Oreane Edelenbosch, Politecnico di Milano

Moderator: Cristina Cattaneo


Full Programme


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