HERON: Forward-looking socio-economic research on Energy Efficiency in EU countries (GA No. 649690)


Taking into account that behavioral barriers demonstrated by end users create negative deviations in EE set targets between 5-20% in EU and 20-30% globally, the HERON project aimed at facilitating policy makers to develop and monitor Energy Efficiency (EE) policies in building and transport sectors, through forward-looking socio-economic research in six EU and one candidate countries (Bulgaria, Germany, Greece, Estonia, the United Kingdom, Italy and Serbia). The research effort lasted for almost three years.


Research and Innovation

The innovative core element is the incorporation of non-economic and non-market elements, such as social, educational and cultural, into energy modeling for reflecting the end-user behavior towards EE in the two aforementioned sectors.

Based on advanced research, surveys and questionnaire, an innovative tool is developed providing policy makers with the ability, for the first time, to quantify the qualitative characteristics associated with end-users’ behavioral barriers. This user-friendly software, named as HERON Decision Support Tool (HERON – DST) allows the calculation of the impact of behavioral barriers on the input drivers (technologies and policies) and the assumed targets of EE scenarios. The tool is developed by the Energy Policy and Development Centre (KEPA) of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (NKUA) (Coordinator of the project) and is assessed as successful and innovative by two independent groups of EU evaluators.

HERON partners worked on deviations caused by barriers of end-users’ behavior towards EE targets and studied ways of addressing these barriers and reducing these deviations, through effective policies. The developed pathway of the project facilitates its users to conclude with the preferred scenario, among a number of optimal developed ones with the use of the multi-criteria AMS.

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