Build4People members actively took part at the 6th European Conference on Behaviour and Energy Efficiency (BEHAVE) from 21 to 23 April 2021, organized on behalf of the European Energy Network (EnR), a voluntary network of 24 European energy agencies, hosted by the Copenhagen Centre on Energy Efficiency, Technical University of Denmark (DTU).
The BEHAVE conference is a biannual EnR event that focuses on the application of behavioural insights in energy efficiency. As an important conference for national energy agencies in Europe, BEHAVE provides a unique forum for policymakers, academia, industry and practitioners to share ideas and experiences in promoting effective solutions for energy efficiency improvements and climate mitigation.
In this context, the Build4People Work Package #1 “Behaviour Change” members Annalena Becker, Anke Blöbaum as well as the Build4People Work Package #6 “Sustainable Urban Transformation” members Ravi Jayaweera and Michael Waibel jointly submitted an abstract dealing with questions of energy consumption patterns and sustainable buildings in Phnom Penh from the environmental psychological as well as the transition studies perspective. Their abstract got reviewed and successfully accepted.
During the event it was presented by Annalena Becker and Ravi Jayaweera as part of the panel session “Behavioural insights and their application in the developing world”. Among others they presented first results of a large-scale household survey that was conducted in Phnom Penh in the beginning of this year thereby referring to the relation of income and energy consumption patterns and psychological determinants of energy saving behaviours. Moreover, the context of the sociotechnical system and possible pathways as regulative means, lifestyle-led approaches or multi-stakeholder platforms were elaborated.
At the following discussion, also the Build4People Work Package #2 “Sustainable Building” member Christina Karagianni took part. Questions from the audience and the insights of other research projects in Brazil, India and the Philippines will help to further analyse the research data and work on the research questions of the Build4People project.
The various sessions and the exchange with different researchers and practitioners from all over the world were an enriching experience and learning platform for the Build4People team members.