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EMPIRICAL EVIDENCE TO SUPPORT ENERGY EFFICIENCY POLICIES

BRISKEE and CHEETAH help us understand why and how households make energy efficiency investments. Both projects provide empirical evidence of consumer decision-making, linked to energy modelling and effective policy design. The two projects very strongly complement each other together they will help formulate more effective EU and national policies in the residential sector.

CHEETAH – Changing Energy Efficiency Technology Adioption in Households – is a related Horizon 2020 proejct which started in 2016 and will end in November 2019. This project has a strong focus on policy design. Relying on representative choice experiments in eight EU countries, the micro-level analysis investigates individuals’ responses to policies such as energy labels or subsidies, thereby allowing these responses to vary by individual characteristics and attitudes. At the meso- and macro level, CHEETHA explores the effects of micro-level decision-making and of energy-efficiency policies on EU residential energy demand and on macro-economic variables until 2030.

The BRISKEE project – Behavourial Response to Investment Risk in Energy Efficiency – was a Horizon 2020-funded major study that ran between 2014 and 2017. The project aimed at deepening our understanding of the behaviour of household decision-makers when investing in energy efficiency technologies and then applied these insights when modelling the energy demand and macro-economic consequences of this investment behaviour. Using empirical behavioural results from a very large multi-country representative survey (15 000 households in eight EU countries), the study found that the modelled EU energy demand by 2030 would be significantly lower than previously believed. The survey results also give guidance to policy makers how they can develop more effective policy interventions.

CHEETAH has an even stronger focus on policy. It provides empirical evidence for the effectiveness of policies such as energy labels or subsidies for the adoption of energy-efficient technologies in households. Using engineering-economic and macro-economic models, it also explores the effects of micro-level decision-making and of energy-efficiency policies on EU residential energy demand and on macro-economic variables until 2030.

BRISKEE provides empirical evidence of the factors underlying the implicit discount rates and their relation with adoption of energy-efficient technologies in EU housholds,. It models the diffusion of energy efficient technology and energy demand in the EU residential sector until 2030, and the macro-level impacts of changes in microeconomic decision-making and energy efficiency policy.

Our LIBRARY contains reports and deliverables from both BRISKEE and CHEETAH, as well as event reports, links to relevant external papers and reports and other further reading. This is a wealth of information and results from the projects.