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Thesis shows energy intermediaries should "switch on forward radar" and translate end-users" needs

A recent thesis written in the CHANGING BEHAVIOUR project shows how intermediary organisations can effectively promote energy efficiency. Justin Pariag's thesis, written within the MESPOM program at Central European University, is called Establishing the role and value of energy intermediaries in facilitating the development and implementation of demand-side management programmes: The potential of realizing a low-carbon future through energy efficiency. It builds on material collecting during CHANGING BEHAVIOUR workshops as well as expert interviews, and shows that intermediaries have an important role in networking, aligning and translating between providers, users and regulators.

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CHANGING BEHAVIOUR organises a special session at the Berlin Energy Days

The Berlin Energy days will be organised on May 10-12, 2010, for the eleventh time. A total of 6000 participants are expected to this event. The Berlin Energy Days are inter alia sponsored by three German Federal ministries and organised by several intermediaries and local partners. CHANGING BEHAVIOUR is hosting a special session at this event, called "Effizientes Energieverhalten: Auch auf die Verbraucher kommt es an!" (Efficient energy behaviour - it's the consumerthat matters!

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Rating Expert Advice on How to Change Energy Behaviour

There is a wide literature on 'tools' and methods to change energy-related behaviour. This literature is reviewed in D5: Interaction Schemes for Successful Energy Demand Management. But how appropriate are these tools for intermediaries promoting energy efficiency and energy conservation on the local level? The CHANGING BEHAVIOUR team has rated 19 of the most widely discussed tools. Our partners have pooled their experience to give their views on "what works where and for whom"

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Happy Holidays and all the best for the New Decade

The CHANGING BEHAVIOUR project would like to thank you for working with us this past year! CHANGING BEHAVIOUR Newsletter 2/2009 just came out and gives you an overview of our recent news. We wish you Happy Holidays and the very best for the new decade, 2010! * * * * * * * *   

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Three papers by CHANGING BEHAVIOUR at the First European Conference on Energy and Behaviour

The First European Conference on Energy Efficiency and Behaviour will be held in Maastricht, the Netherlands, October 18-20. The conference is organised by SenterNovem and will feature 80 papers from Europe and beyond. Three of these are by CHANGING BEHAVIOR: Feenstra, Backhaus (ECN) & Heiskanen (NCRC): How to change consumers’ energy-related behaviour? Improving demand side management programmes via an action research approach Heiskanen (NCRC), Mourik, Feenstra & Pariag (ECN):Beyond Individual Behaviour Change – Why and How?

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Beyond individual behaviour change

There are many limitations to individual behaviour change in energy use and climate action. These include social dilemmas (uselessness of personal sacrifices if others don't contribute), social conventions (people are not free to chose how they behave), the limitations of existing infrastructures and an overall feeling of helplessness of individuals when faced with the enormity of the climate challenge. An article by our team, Low-carbon communities as a context for individual behavioural change, now published in Energy Policy (Articles in Press) examines how various types of low-carbon communities can overcome these problems and support individuals in changing to low-carbon lifestyles.

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ThinkTank keen on CHANGING BEHAVIOUR

Ynke Feenstra (ECN) presented the outcomes of the case study analysis of WP2 during the Summer School of the Dutch National ThinkTank. The members of the ThinkTank were very enthusiastic about the research performed in CHANGING BEHAVIOUR, the outcomes of the case studies and the recommendations for future Demand Side Management programmes. The ThinkTank is a multidisciplinary group of high potential young master students and PhDs. The aim of the ThinkTank is to come up with creative, innovative but practical solutions for a societal problem.

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Energy intermediaries as innovators

The 3rd International Conference on Indicators and Concepts of Innovation focuses on The Social Dimension of Innovation. It is organised in Prague, Czech Republic, on October 1-2, 2009. What better place to present intresting results from CHANGING BEHAVIOUR? Julia Backhaus and Ynke Feenstra from ECN will be presenting a paper there on the role that intermediaries play as innovative actors in the energy system. We look forward to meeting you there, too.

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Third Newsletter now available!

Our third Newsletter presents the following recent achievements of CHANGING BEHAVIOUR:  Database of European DSM programmes  Detailed case studies now available  Workshops all over Europe We also present highlights from recent conference papers: Energy efficiency under a climate agenda? User involvement in DSM programme design Connecting research to design  Timing as a critical issue We present a profile of two of the practitioners working in CHANGING BEHAVIOUR, Simon Robinson from Manchester Knowledge Capital and Petra Maier from the Consumer Association of North-Rhein Westfalia.

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Athens workshop registration now open

On June 16th the CHANGING BEHAVIOUR project team comes to Athens, Greece for an event hosted by the Centre for Renewable Energy Sources and Saving (CRES). The workshop aims, in particular, to engage energy efficiency practitioners from Southern Europe. You can read more and register for the workshop here. UPDATE: we have received registrations for Greece, Italy and as far south as New Zealand. Join us to explore the southern dimension of energy conservation!

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