COBHAM was an ERC funded project which lasted from August 2014 till July 2019.
Its objective was to study behavior and interactions among individuals and their impact on energy efficiency and climate change mitigation.
The project aimed at increasing our understanding of human behavior in relation to the environment by developing models able to incorporate the heterogeneity and the complex dynamics of individual and group decision making.
The project integrated different disciplines –behavioural economics, big data analytics, integrated assessment modeling- with the objective to go beyond the standard analysis of energy and climate policies in the presence of environmental externalities.
The novelty of COBHAM in combining these approaches, was to also account for the heterogeneity in preferences, the role of social interactions, and the presence of behavioral tendencies and biases.
Specifically the project has:
- Tested behavioral interventions to promote energy efficiency, pro-environmental behaviour, and adoption of green technologies;
- modeled energy demand response using the big data coming from smart meters and devices;
- Built a behaviorally founded integrated assessment model for the assessment of climate change and energy policies.