We aim to better understand how consumers make energy efficiency decisions

CONSEED is an EU funded research project

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Energy Efficiency Labels
How do European consumers relate to energy labels when they buy an electric appliance, a car, or a house? Do the labels really help consumers make the most energy-efficient choice?
CONSEED Research
The CONSEED project has an extensive research programme covering four sectors (households, agriculture, services and industry) and products (property, transport, appliances and machinery).
  
CONSEED project
CONSumer Energy Efficiency Decision making
The research project is running from 2016 - 2019. Led by Trinity College Dublin (Ireland), and including research institutions from four other European countries: CICERO Center for International Climate  Research (Norway),   
the Basque Centre for Climate Change (BC3) from Spain, the University of Ljubljana from Slovenia and Greece’s Agricultural University of Athens.
  
  1. 1
    Energy Labels
    How important are energy labels when consumers are making investment decisions? Could we improve energy labels to have more of an impact? CONSEED will find out!
  2. 2
    European Consumers
    Different consumers have different needs – households, landlords, farmers, businesses, industries etc. CONSEED examines what these needs are and how they differ across sectors, products and geographical location.
  3. 3
    Research
    Most energy economics research assumes consumers are economically rational (but they are not). The empirical research in CONSEED will help us to better understand consumer decisions and improve energy efficiency policy making.
  4. 4
    Surveys & Field Trials
    The CONSEED project will involve 27 focus groups, 11 large consumer surveys, 3 field experiments, and 3 discrete choice experiments (DCEs), with tailored treatments to generate a novel database of empirical evidence on the salient factors impacting on the consumer decision making process.
Addressing the
Energy Efficiency Gap
Research - Recommendations - Policy