EERAdata aims to accelerate the implementation of the “Energy Efficiency first” principle across Europe by supporting policy-makers to effectively assess the impacts of EE investments, with an initial focus on investments in buildings, in order to achieve a highly energy efficient and decarbonised building stock.
EERAdata brings together researchers, energy agencies and municipalities from 6 EU countries who will collaborate for two and a half years to inform investment decisions and improve energy efficiency in buildings.
While digitalisation has the potential to fundamentally change the way things are currently performed, most digitalised processes are getting more and more efficient, not all of them are designed in a way that reduces energy consumption. New societal trends empowered by digitalisation such as shared economy, autonomous driving and low-carbon circular economy could lead to an increase in energy demand if they are not countered by measures with a strong focus on saving energy.
The goal of the EU-funded newTRENDs project is to identify and quantify how new societal trends may affect energy demand, increase the qualitative and quantitative understanding of impacts of New Societal Trends on energy consumption and to improve the modelling of energy demand, energy efficiency and policy instruments. To achieve its goal, it will combine qualitative and quantitative cross-sectoral modelling and explore how energy demand models can be improved to represent new societal trends.
Through this, the ability of policy makers to guide those trends in the light of the Paris Agreement and the long-term climate and energy targets of the European Union can be increased.
The NUDGE consortium consists of a multidisciplinary team of 10 partners with different backgrounds and expertise, i.e. 4 R&D institutions, 2 policy experts, 1 energy company, 2 SMEs, 1 consumer association, 1 energy cooperative and 1 education expert, striking a good balance between expertise in the design of behavioural interventions and capacity to implement and operationalize these interventions.
In NUDGE, a broad range of methodologies and tools are used: field experiments and surveys to assess the impact of an intervention are coupled with randomized control trials to assess the effectiveness of the interventions. A mix of approaches are employed, including qualitative and quantitative research methods, stakeholder consultation as well as automated and manual collection of pilot data and translation into meaningful KPIs. Most of the research and experimentation is also focused on the design of policies and the formulation of recommendations specific to each country. Pilots findings will be compared within and across pilots.
MICAT – Multiple Impacts Calculation Tool – is a project that aims to develop a comprehensive approach to estimate Multiple Impacts of Energy Efficiency (MI-EE) by co-creating a free, easy-to-use, scientifically sound online tool (MICATool). The MICATool will enable holistic analyses of MI-EE at the European, national and local level to strengthen the climate strategy of the Energy Union and accelerate an affordable and just, sustainable energy transition by addressing the challenges and needs of important target groups: policy makers, practitioners and evaluators.
The MICATool would enable policy-makers and practitioners to conduct simplified analyses for different data and policy scenarios, in order to compare and assess the relevance of the multiple impacts, and strengthen reporting and monitoring at the three governance levels (e.g. under the reporting on target progress at EU level; for Integrated National Energy and Climate Plans NECP or other reporting requirements at national levels as well as local reporting on energy efficiency within Sustainable Energy and Climate Action Plans (SECAPs).