SP1 - Fostering changes in energy consumption: a pathway to demand reduction


SP1 mission is to understand the social, cultural and economic aspects that shape current energy consumption patterns in order to address the challenges and opportunities for behavioural, practice and organizational changes that might decrease the individuals, companies, public institutions and aggregate final energy demand. This will be tackled by accounting for both energy efficiency and energy savings, as well as direct and indirect energy consumption.

Areas of intervention SP 1 works on:

  • Awareness and perception of environmental crisis (climate change and energy-related issues) by individuals, companies and public institutions;
  • Analytical approach for investigating and assessing citizen/consumer and companies energy consumption patterns;
  • Drivers and barriers to the adoption of RES and energy efficiency technologies at company and individual level;
  • Integration of individual and organization of energy consumption patterns with the whole energy system architecture;
  • Opportunities for fostering shifts in energy demand (e.g. digitalization).


  • Developing a better integration of concepts of behavioural, economic, social, cultural and organizational change to identify measures to improve citizens, companies and public institutions energy consumption patterns;
  • Increasing the knowledge about the different perceptions of climate change and energy-related issues and their link with changing attitudes, behaviour, practices and investments in the context of energy reduction;
  • Understanding drivers and barriers to the adoption of effective solutions and technologies to reduce energy consumption in households, companies and public institutions;
  • Analysing the effect of public measures (e.g. incentives) on behaviour and practices of the actors of the energy market.
SP 1 main references

Here below is a selection of publications dealing with the topics covered by SP1:


Mara Thiene SP 1 Coordinator