Call for papers – ECEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency

The call for abstracts has now been issued for the latest in the series of ECEEE Summer Study conferences, with a deadline of 4 October 2012.

Panels of particular interest include:

Panel 5. Cutting the energy use of buildings

Our building stock is among the most energy consuming sectors. The panel on energy efficiency in buildings covers issue such as:

  • The fundamental role of a well-designed building envelope in reducing the need for heating (or cooling) via passive means. Techniques and technologies for the construction of new buildings and holistic concepts of upgrading existing buildings.
  • Economic, regulatory and policy measures: what needs to be done to make sure that these measures deliver?
  • Active technologies within the framework of an energy efficient building: Application of ICT in the Smart Building concept is one example, alongside with the integration of renewable technologies for heating, cooling or electricity generation.
  • Questions relating to the interface between the building technologies and the user or resident, issues of comfort and indoor climate.

Panel leaders: Even Bjørnstad, Enova, Norway; Marina Economidou, Buildings Performance Institute, Belgium; Anja Bierwirth, Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy, Germany; Yvonne Boerakker, DNVKema, The Netherlands.

Panel 6. Appliances, product policy and ICT

This panel is dedicated to all types of policies which support energy saving strategies on appliances and the ICT sector, focusing on actual recent approaches and their outcomes. New developed technologies to increase energy efficiency, innovative systems case studies and interaction between the “user” and “technology” are also part of the topics for this panel. Topics include:

  • Descriptions and analyses of existing policies (MEPS/eco-design and labelling , including progressive standards) and follow up policies and methodologies to increase Energy Efficiency.
  • Next challenges: developing MEPS/eco-design from components to systems and bringing down the costs of improvements.
  • Introduction of eco-design, smart controls and systems integration in the products to avoid making the energy use profile being dependent on human behaviour. Do users understand how to utilise the potential of smart appliances?
  • Understanding ICT infrastructure consumption.

Panel leaders: Paula Fonseca, University of Coimbra,Portugal, and Egil Öfverholm, Sweden.

Panel 8. Dynamics of consumption

Energy consumption is not only the “end of the chain” of the energy production and of the energy efficiency. It has its own logic and its own dynamic. Energy consumption is not stable, defined once and for all or in any way given – that is why the dynamics of consumption continue to be central when discussing energy efficiency.  The panel covers issues such as:

  • Widening the scope from the end-users to the provision chain, the context and the history of consumption.
  • Understanding and analysing energy consuming and energy saving practices and how they come about, develop and change in different systems and in different groups.
  • Direct and indirect energy consumption.
  • Understandings of rebound, sufficiency and economic crisis and relations between them.
  • Understanding and evaluating the power of diffusion of social, technical, political and economic innovations for changing energy consumption (and of the mix of tools).

Panel leaders: Isabelle Garabuau-Moussaoui, EDF R&D, France, and Kirsten Gram-Hansen, Danish Building Research Institute.