IEECP kicks off 7 new H2020-funded projects in September and November 2020!

September is an exciting month for the IEECP team, with no less than 6 new H2020 projects starting this month and 1 in November, 4 of which we are coordinating!

IEECP Coordinates DEESME, NUDGE, ENPOR and ENERGee Watch and partners in BECoop, StreamSAVE and MICAT. Read more about each below.

Where IEECP leads:

  • NUDGE “NUDging consumers towards enerGy Efficiency through behavioral science” – project n° 957012

Efforts to induce energy-friendly behaviour from end users through behavioural interventions are characterized by a lack of customer personalization (“one-size-fits-all interventions”), a partial understanding about how different interventions interact with each other and contrasting evidence about their effectiveness, as a result of poor testing under real world conditions.

NUDGE has been conceived to unleash the potential of behavioural interventions for long-lasting energy efficiency behaviour changes, paving the way to the generalized use of such interventions as a worthy addition to the policy-making toolbox.

NUDGE will study individual psychological and contextual variables underlying consumers’ behaviour to tailor the design of behavioural interventions for them, with a clear bias towards interventions of the nudging type. The designed interventions are compared against traditional ones in field trials (pilots) in five different EU states, exhibiting striking diversity in terms of innovative energy usage scenarios (e.g., PV production for EV charging, DR for natural gas), demographic and socio-economic variables of the involved populations, mediation platforms for operationalizing the intervention (smart mobile apps, dashboards, web portals, educational material and intergenerational learning practices).

Partners include IEECP, DOMX, INEGI, Fraunhofer ISI, the Athens University of Economics and Business – Research Center, the Zelena energetska zadruga, MVV Energie, IMEC, SPRING-STOF and CITTADINANZATTIVA.

  • ENPOR “Actions to Mitigate Energy Poverty in the Private Rented Sector” – N°889385

Energy poverty levels remain high in Europe due to increasing energy costs and slow progress on energy efficiency improvements. Despite various policies in place that directly or indirectly mitigate energy poverty at the household level, energy poverty is increasing in the private rented sector (PRS). The PRS presents quite specific issues that cannot be dealt adequately in the framework of energy poverty linked directly to energy efficiency, such as a) difficulty to identify and quantify energy-poor households in the PRS; and b) the delivery of energy efficiency measures to these households is difficult due to structural problems like information deficits, split incentives and others. ENPOR therefore aims at overcoming both challenges – making energy poverty in the PRS visible and as far as possible quantifiable, also testing energy efficiency support schemes to address it.

ENPOR will support the adaption and implementation of ten policies in 7 Member States tailored to the specific needs of the PRS and will integrate them into broader policy objectives.

Partners include IEECP, Climate Alliance, the University of Manchester, UPRC, CRES, ENEA, the Society for Sustainable Development Design, the Tartu Regional Energy Agency, the Austrian Energy Agency, the Hogeschool Utrecht, the Wuppertal Institute and the International Union of Property Owners

  • ENERGee Watch “Peer to peer learning in regional and local authorities to timely and accurately define, monitor and verify their sustainable actions” – project n°892089

The overall aim of ENERGee Watch is to enable peer-to-peer learning for regional and local authorities to precisely define, monitor and verify their sustainable energy and climate actions. The learning process will be focused on how different sustainable energy and climate mitigation projects have been monitored and evaluated. The added value of ENERGee Watch is that the learning program is not limited to a capacity building process but instead enables networking and examples from field practice. The learning program will ideally result in improved policies and MRV standards, as well as partnerships for innovative sustainable energy policies and MRV practices.

Partners include IEECP, Fedarene, UPRC-TEESLab, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Energie Environnement, the Energy agency of Savinjska, Šaleška and Koroška region, the Institut d’aménagement et d’urbanisme de la Région Ile de France, the Carlow Kilkenny Energy Agency, the Energy Agency of Plovdiv Association, the Alba Energy Agency, the Cyprus Energy Agency. Find the project on Twitter.

  • DEESME “Developing national schemes for energy efficiency in SMEs” – N° 892235

Unlike the EU Emissions Trading Scheme and large companies, SMEs have less technical human and financial resources to improve their energy efficiency. Barriers have been deeply investigated including lack of awareness, low capital, difficulty to access financing, doubts around actual saving potential and the lack of technical human resources. To provide SMEs with technical resources such as methodologies, best practices, technologies inventories and subsidies, national schemes exist. Some of the schemes introduce mandatory actions (energy analysis) to obtain such subsidies. Nevertheless, national policy schemes have failed to some extent to convince SMEs that the energy audit is something more than a “bureaucratic fulfilment” to obtain a contribution and to push large companies to take the step from the analysis to the investment. To overcome that, DEESME aims at:

  1. Enabling companies to manage the energy transition by taking profit of multiple benefits and energy management approaches,
  2. Supporting the development and implementation of energy efficiency EU policies in the framework of article 8 of the Energy Efficiency Directive, beyond the project, by providing national authorities with guidelines and recommendations on how to strengthen the national schemes, and
  3. Enhancing the adoption of the DEESME approach by National Authorities beyond the project timeline through the implementation of institutionalization activities.

Partners are IEECP, FIRE, SOGESCA, Fraunhofer, CLEOPA, SEDA, ECQ, KAPE and the EEIP.

Where IEECP is partner:

  • StreamSAVE “Streamlining Energy Savings Calculations” – project n°890147

StreamSAVE will support Member States in harmonizing accurate, bottom-up energy savings calculations of technical priority actions under Article 7, as well as Article 3 of MS’ EED reporting. The actions will be targeted to those measures with high-energy-saving potential and considered as priority issues by MS with an online StreamSAVE platform set-up to facilitate the exchange of knowledge and experiences among MS. The project would assist MS to deliver rapidly scalable savings and hence maximize their chances of successfully meeting the EED energy savings targets. Methodologies developed in this way would be eligible for use on a voluntary basis, but would benefit from the pooling of European expertise and experience and thus support best practice while avoiding duplicative effort.

Partners include IEECP, VITO, CIRCE, Seven, CRES, Ademe, the Instituto De Sistemas E Robotica-Associacao, the European Copper Institute, the Institut Jozef Stefan, Lgi Consulting, Viesoji Istaiga Lietuvos Energetikos Agentura and the Austrian Energy Agency.

  • BECoop “Unlocking the community energy potential to support the market uptake of bioenergy heating technologies” – project n°952930, coordinator: White Research.

While community energy is about to play a huge role for the future energy transition, bioenergy has a very slow development in decentralised energy production. BECoop’s ambition is to foster a broad deployment of bioenergy technologies in the heating sector across Europe by providing all necessary conditions and support tools to unlock the underlying market potential of community bioenergy.

By using BECoop support services and tools, energy communities and authorities will be able to (i) mobilize citizens around existing or new community bioenergy initiatives, (ii) boost local bioenergy demand by improving its image and social acceptance, and (iii) increase feasibility of their endeavours by identifying suitable technical, business and financial solutions, as well as by pooling expertise and partnerships from the wider EU bioenergy ecosystem.

In order to showcase the approach and build trust, 4 pilot cases across Europe will target existing energy communities seeking to include bioenergy heating projects, and local/national authorities aiming at initiating novel bioenergy community structures in support of their clean energy transition goals.

Partners include IEECP, GOIENER S.COOP, CIRCE, Q-PLAN, ESEK, CERTH, the Copenhagen Business School, the Community Oborniki Slaskie, the Wroclaw University of Environmental and Life Sciences, the Federazione Italiana Produttori di Energia da Fonte Rinnovabile and the Sudtiroler Energie Verband Genossenschaft.

  • MICAT “Multiple Impacts CAlculation Tool” – project n° 101000132

There is still significant potential to improve energy efficiency in all sectors and levels where measures can be applied. Facing the often cited “energy efficiency gap”, even the profitable potential is not fully exploited. Highlighting and quantifying the additional value of energy efficiency measures and investments considering the multiple non-energy impacts could help closing this gap and facilitate energy-relevant decisions and policy-making.

The goal of MICAT is the development of a comprehensive approach to estimate the Multiple Impacts of Energy Efficiency.

MICAT will enable analyses at 3 different governance levels (local, national and EU) to address a broad target group and interested actors. This allows simplified analyses to be carried out on the basis of different data and policy scenarios in order to compare and assess the relevance of the multiple impacts. The project thus sets a sound scientific empirical basis for monitoring Multiple Impacts while providing a publicly available and easy-to-use online tool (MICATool) developed in a co-creational manner with the respective governance levels.

The national and local cases for monitoring Multiple Impacts of Energy Efficiency will be developed further in a broad stakeholder and dissemination approach to set a standard for future reporting on Multiple benefits.

Partners are IEECP, Fraunhofer ISI, the Wuppertal Institute, WiseEuropa, E3 Modelling, IIASA and ICLEI.

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