Workshop: Towards a Consumer-Driven Energy System

12. - 13. October 2017
Technical University of Denmark, Lyngby, DK

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


IEA's Experts Group on Energy R&D and Priority Setting

Content Description

Energy production, distribution and consumption all have technical and human components, though little research exists on the latter. However, there is an increasing focus beyond technology and economics towards the societal aspects of energy technologies.

In this regard, human-centred methods are essential to capturing the role of humans in shaping energy use and consumption, including attitudes, habits and experiences. Individuals and their choices matter and may influence patterns and modes of consumption far more than expected.

Therefore understanding individual and organisational behaviour and decision-making is critical to accelerating the transition to an energy-efficient and low-carbon energy future. To be effective, policies and measures should consider the consumer as central to current and future energy systems.


Day 1

Session 1: Introduction

Chair: Birte Holst-Jorgensen, Danish Technical University

  • 9:00 Welcome
    Dr. Katrine Krogh Andersen, Dean of Research, Senior Vice President, DTU
  • 9:15 Introduction
    Rob Kool, Chair EGRD, Netherlands Enterprise Agency
  • 9:30 Accelerating energy technologies in the Danish context
    Anders Hoffmann, Deputy Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Energy, Utilities and Climate
  • 10:00 Coffee break

Session 2: Setting the Scene

Chair: Atsushi Kurosawa

  • 10:30 Behaviour change research collaboration: Insights, tools and results
    Sea Rotmann, CEO, Sustainable Energy Advice
  • 11:00 What drives energy consumers?
    Thijs Bouman, Faculty of Behavioural and Social Sciences, University of Groningen
  • 11:30 Multi-perspective system analyses for robust energy decision support
    Bert Droste-Franken, Head of Energy Department, EA European Academy GmbH
  • 12:00 Discussion

Session 3: Human-centred analytics to enhance policy effectiveness

Chair: Rob Kool

  • 13:30 Prosumers
    Mathew Kennedy, International Energy Research Centre
  • 14:00 Business models for a more effective market uptake of DSM energy services
    Ruth Mourik, DuneWorks B.V.
  • 14:30 Impacts of energy choices - examples of research approaches with quantitative data collection and analysis
    Tiina Koljonen, Research Team Leader, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland
  • 15:00 Coffee break
  • 15:30 Applying Behavioural Economics to Move to a More Sustainable Future
    Karl Purcell, Programme Manager, Behavioural Economics Unit, Sustainable Energy Authority Ireland (SEAI)
  • 16:00 Influencing Business Behaviour and Decision Making to Improve Energy Efficiency
    Carrie Pottinger, Programme Manager, Energy Technology R&D Networks, IEA
  • 16:30 Discussion

Day 2

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

Chair: Johannes Tamborino

  • 9:00 Energy for society
    Prof. Benjamin Sovacool, University of Sussex and Aarhus University (virtual)
  • 9:30 The consumer at the centre of a distributed energy system
    Elisabeth Düttschke, Fraunhofer ISI
  • 10:00 Residential behaviour-based energy efficiency programmes and activities in Japan
    Dr. Ji XUAN, Ph.D., Jyukankyo Research Institute
  • 10:30 Coffee break
  • 11:00 City of Tomorrow (E_PROFIL) - neighbourhood profiles for optimised energy transformation processes
    Daniel Latzer, Doctoral Researcher, Technical University of Vienna
  • 11:30 Behaviour and decision-making concerning energy efficiency in the chemical industry
    Lieven Stalmans, Borealis, Co-Chair, European Chemical Industry Council (CEFIC)
  • 12:00 What do people want from (low carbon) heat at home and how can we find out?
    Matthew Lipson, Head, Consumer Insight, Catapult
  • 12:30 Discussion
  • 13:00 Lunch

Session 5: R&D policies and decision making

Chair: Herbert Greisberger

  • 14:30 Knowledge-action networks
    Erik Phil, Future Earth Stockholm
  • 15:00 R&D policies and programmes with (and for) citizens
    Annika Sohre, Swiss Centre for Excellence for Energy, Society and Transition (SCCER-CREST)
  • 15:30 Coffee Break
  • 16:00 EU: the role of behaviour past Horizon 2020 European Commission

Session 6: Summary and workshop close

Chair: Birte Holst Jorgensen


EGRD-Workshop Bericht: Towards a Consumer-Driven Energy System - Understanding Human Behaviour (2017)

Das Verhalten von Individuen und Organisationen sowie deren Entscheidungsfindung im Hinblick auf energierelevante Fragestellungen standen bei diesem Workshop im Fokus.
Publisher: Experts’ Group on R&D Priority Setting and Evaluation
English, 50 Seiten

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Target Audience

In addition to EGRD members and national experts, we are seeking input from RD&D decision-makers, strategic planners, and program managers from industry, academia, think tanks, national laboratories, and government. Participation is by invitation only.

Contact Address

Claudia Dankl, ÖGUT - Austrian Society for Environment and Technology

Herbert Greisberger, eNu