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Behaviour Change for Net Zero Seminar

Registration is now open for the "Behaviour Change for Net Zero" seminar at the ECCI Edinburgh on the afternoon of Thursday 26th March. Hosted by Energy at Edinburgh this is the second seminar in a series of events looking at the energy system challenges involved in the energy transition. This is part of the activities leading up to sessions on this ‘Getting to Net Zero’ topic at All-Energy 2020 in Glasgow on Weds 13th and Thurs 14th May.

Date & Time: Thursday 26th March 2020, from 14:00 to 16:30

Venue: ECCI, High School Yards, Edinburgh EH1 1LZ

Registration: Free to attend. To register please send email to Fiona.Riddoch@ei.ed.ac.uk

This Behaviour Change for Net Zero seminar on 26th March will bring together an audience of energy transition practitioners, academics and experts from diverse backgrounds. It will explore both current best practise and insights from real world experience, and the speakers include:

  • Robert Sansom, Imperial College London and UKERC
  • Robert Gibson, National Grid
  • Lynda Webb, Energy at Edinburgh, University of Edinburgh
  • Shane Donnellan, Senior Behaviour Change Specialist, Changeworks

Behaviour Change for Net Zero Seminar

ECCI, High School Yards, Edinburgh, EH1 1LZ

14:00 Welcome and Introduction to the day Hannah Chalmers, Energy at Edinburgh, University of Edinburgh.

14:10 Topic 1: Understand future customer behaviour & energy demand

Our energy systems will require significant investment to achieve net zero carbon. How can we understand future customer behaviour so that our projections of energy demand in the future are fit for purpose?

- Discussion/ review of the current popular approaches to estimating future demand and comments on strengths and weaknesses. Robert Sansom, Imperial College London and UKERC

- Discussion/ critique of the current demand information available for those tasked with forward demand projections. Robert Gibson National Grid.

Group discussions generating Q&A for speakers

15:10 Topic 2: How do we involve the consumer at all stages of research, from the framing of the research questions and designs?

  • Discussion of the models for consumer engagement within research that exist today. Lynda Webb, Energy at Edinburgh, University of Edinburgh
  • Discussion of real world experience of consumer/ citizen engagement Shane Donnellan, Senior Behaviour Change Specialist, Changeworks.

Group discussions generating Q&A for speakers

16:10 Speakers comment on their view on where the gaps are and what should be the next focus of work.

16.30 Close

Understanding energy consumption change is particularly relevant in the context of the behavioural change, which is sometimes anticipated by policy makers and energy demand modellers. This is one of the topics which emerged from the Getting to Net Zero Working Group Snap-Shot Report published November 2020.

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