The initiative of the State General of Energy Efficiency, was established three years ago, aims to contribute to the promotion of energy efficiency, through a simplification of the regulatory frameworks and the adoption of financing mechanisms, innovative communication strategies and training.
State General of Energy Efficiency are promoted by ENEA (Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development) in collaboration with EfficiencyKNow.
This year, in addition to the launch of the annual public consultation (already in its third edition and once again organized by ENEA in collaboration with EfficiencyKNow) we have opened a new dialogue and provided information about the collaborative process on energy efficiency between operators and consumers.
The States-General of Energy Efficiency intends to be an open platform where all the actors committed to a more rational and efficient use of energy can meet. In this sense the State General of Energy Efficiency wants to promote a network, shared on the web and at the local level for thematic meetings, studies, publications, workshops, conferences and public consultations.
The theme of the consultation is the synergy between energy efficiency and behavioral change. It is a national and international consultation which targets Universities and technological innovation.
Therefore the consultation will in particular look at university students, because they represent a double and important role: future consumers and professionals promoters of efficiency and innovation.
For several decades, the technological programs, whose effects resulted in quantifiable savings, represented the central element in national and local policies for energy efficiency. More recently, at both European and international levels, programs on behavioral change have been significantly recognized in order to ensure energy savings, previously unconsidered or ignored.
According to the EU and the IEA, the behavioral actions directly related to the optimal use of current technologies or those most closely linked to a real cultural change, result in the increase in demand for both energy efficiency and measurable savings.
This potential savings rate remains virtually unused because until now, the common assessment has been that interventions on changing behavior provide no measurable evidence in terms of savings and returns on investments; unlike the traditional interventions of a technological nature, whose effects are usually measurable by time. The consultation wants to emphasize that the proximity and the portability of technology into everyday actions are important keys to a new approach towards the “behavioral change”.