Towards a Consumer-Driven Energy System: Understanding Human Behaviour


Executive Summary

Summary Report


Meeting Booklet

Meeting Scope

This workshop will focus on “A Consumer-Driven Energy System: Understanding Human Behaviour”. Participants will explore the individual and organisational behaviour and decision-making related to the energy use in order to inform more effective R&D planning and policies. 

The workshop will result in a summary report that aims to identify challenges concerning human-centred methods and perspectives and to highlight best practice. 

Target Audience

In addition to EGRD members and national experts, we are seeking input from social scientists, behavioural economists, RD&D decision-makers, strategic planners and programme managers from industry, academia, think tanks, national laboratories, government and non-governmental entities. Participation is by invitation only. 

Session 1: Introduction

Welcome: Katrine Krogh Andersen, DTU

Introduction: Rob Kool, Chair EGRD

Accelerating energy technologies in the Danish context: Anders Hoffman, Ministry of Energy, Utilities and Climate

Session 2: Setting the scene

Behaviour change research collaboration: Insights, tools and results: Sea Rotmann, Sustainable Energy Advice

What drives energy consumers?: Thijs Bouman, University of Groningen‌‌

Multi-perspective system analyses for robust energy decision support: Bert Droste-Franken, EA European Academy GmbH‌‌‌‌

Session 3: Human-centred analytics to enhance policy effectiveness

Prosumers: Mathew Kennedy, International Energy Research Centre 

Business models for a more effective market uptake of DSM energy services: Ruth Mourik, DuneWorks B.V. ‌

Impacts of energy choices - examples of research approaches with quantitative data collection and analysis: Tiina Koljonen, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland‌‌

Applying behavioural economics to move to a more sustainable future: Karl Purcell, Sustainable Energy Authority Ireland (SEAI) ‌‌

Behavioural economics and modelling: Carrie Pottinger, IEA  ‌‌

Session 4 : The consumer at the centre of a distributed energy system

Energy for society: Prof. Benjamin Sovacool, University of Sussex and Aarhus University

The consumer at the centre of a distributed energy system: Elisabeth Düttschke, Fraunhofer ISI ‌

Residential behaviour-based energy efficiency programmes and activities in Japan: Dr. Ji XUAN, Ph.D., Jyukankyo Research Institute‌‌

City of Tomorrow (E_PROFIL) - neighbourhood profiles for optimised energy transformation processes: Prof. Daniel Latzer, Technical University of Vienna ‌ ‌

Behaviour and decision-making concerning energy efficiency in the chemical industry: Lieven Stalmans, Borealis, European Chemical Industry Council (CEFIC)‌

What do people want from (low carbon) heat at home and how can we find out?‌: Matthew Lipson, Catapult ‌

Session 5: R&D policies and decision making

Knowledge-action networks: Erik Pihl, Future Earth Stockholm

R&D policies and programmes with (and for) citizens: Annika Sohre, Swiss Centre for Excellence for Energy, Society and Transition (SCCER-CREST) ‌

Social Science and the Humanities within Horizon 2020 - meeting European Energy Challenges: Gerd Schonwalder, Policy Officer for Strategy, Directorate-General for Research and Innovation (RTD), European Commission 

Session 6: Summary and workshop close

Chair: Birte Holst Jorgensen, DTU

Final discussion