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IN-BEE Report Summary

Project ID: 649619
Funded under: H2020-EU.3.3.6.

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - IN-BEE (Assessing the intangibles: the socioeconomic benefits of improving energy efficiency)

Reporting period: 2015-03-01 to 2016-02-29

Summary of the context and overall objectives of the project

Improving energy efficiency can deliver a range of benefits to the economy and society. However, energy efficiency programmes are often evaluated only on the basis of the energy savings they deliver, without considering the many other socio-economic and environmental intangible benefits delivered. As a result, the full value of energy efficiency improvements in both national and global economies may be significantly underestimated.

The main aim of IN-BEE is to address the theme of energy efficiency and to describe and provide evidence for the many intangible benefits of improving energy efficiency through a multi-disciplinary approach, combining methods, datasets, and techniques from cutting edge research in law and economics, humanities and consumer behavior, regulation and environmental sciences, as well as engineering.

The overall outcome of IN-BEE is to consolidate a set of policy recommendations for the EU and public/private institutions in charge of promoting energy efficiency, competitiveness and environmental and social sustainability.
IN-BEE will impact on both consumers (residential and companies) and policy makers, by:

• Developing a set of indicators to measure intangible benefits of energy efficiency
• Developing Key Performance Indicators to assess the impact of energy efficiency strategies
• Studying relevant cases and identifying best practices
• Bridging policy makers and researchers through a web platform
• Involving a vast audience of stakeholders

IN-BEE combines a strong scientific base with a concrete and focused approach (based on real-life case studies), aiming to involve primarily regional and local stakeholders and to support them in assessing results of previous plans and initiatives on energy efficiency and, above all, in designing new effective strategies.

Work performed from the beginning of the project to the end of the period covered by the report and main results achieved so far

1.2 WP2 - Intangibles
A detailed task list has been created by the WP leader, including descriptions of work, outputs and time and task contributions from each partner. Partners consulted on their contribution under each sub task. Latest version dated 19 June 2015.
Activities task by task:
• T2.1 – Detailed document prepared on this by UOXF. This will form the basis for the rest of the WP; Partners have been consulted on their views. A small number of issues still to be resolved
• T2.2 – UOXF - preliminary work on linking theories of change for routine behaviours and investment decisions with existing policy approaches
• T2.3 – No substantial work on this as yet (M7 – M9)
• T2.4 – Copies of IEA report on Multiple Benefits of Energy Efficiency purchased and distributed to relevant partners; Detailed review of IEA report produced by Gavin Killip, UOXF; Review of some relevant research presented at ECEEE by UOXF and GRAZ.
• T2.5 – No substantial work on this as yet (M1 – M21)

1.3 WP3 – Trends
During the kick-off meeting, some materials have been provided by the WP leader (DEL) to the involved partners, to share a common view on the WP
• General information about this WP
• A specific activities and deliverables timetable
• A list of the interactions with other Work Packages during the project execution
Two follow up WP teleconferences have been already held to organize and impulse the specific task advances.
Activities task by task:
• T3.1 – Currently table of contents of D3.1 – Current trends on energy efficiency report (M10) has been selected and discussed among partners involved; Some examples about articulation of the EU policy into national, regional or local policies have been selected and explained. A draft document as example has been performed including the experience in the “Savings programs in transport sector”
• T3.2 – No substantial work on this as yet (M9 – M21)
• T3.3 – Table of contents of D3.2 – KPIs of energy efficiency (M10) has been selected and discussed among partners involved
• T3.4 – IN BEE project has been introduced to the Managers responsible on energy efficiency financing programmes in the two major BANKS in Spain
• T 3.5 – Table of contents of D3.3 – Report on energy efficiency trends – interim report (M10) has been selected and discussed among partners involved; No substantial work on D3.4 - Report on energy efficiency trends – final (M21)

1.4 WP4 – Case studies
A preliminary discussion about potential case studies took place at the kick-off meeting, through a speed date session. After the meeting, all the partners have been asked to provide a synthetic document with the following information related to their potential case studies:
• Objectives
• References
• Methodology
• Data to be collected
• Stakeholders to be involved
So, Task 4.1 has been carried out in parallel with WP2 and WP3 and a better definition of the case studies will be given when the intermediate reports of those WPs will be ready (M9). Next project meeting will be crucial to take a decision about case studies to be selected by each partner.

1.5 WP5 – Best practices and recommendations
Task 5.3 has been carried out in parallel with the stakeholders engagement, in order to collect their view about the platform to be developed. Similar solutions have been considered, such as the new “Academia Corner” set up by the Covenant of Mayors. The technical work will begin after the meeting with the stakeholders (M8), in order to provide a first version of the platform on time (M12).

1.6 WP6 – Dissemination and Stakeholders involvement
A first version of the dissemination plan is ready (D6.3). The actions already carried out by each partner to disseminate project results and to involve stakeholders are reported in the plan.
Already attended events:
• Informal session about multiple benefits run at ECEEE conference (June 2015)
o Notes written up about this meeting, and sent to 20+ participants.
o Building a network with others working on this topic, EU-wide and beyond
o Followed up by good phone discussion with main author of IEA report.
• Informal session about multiple benefits run at UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC) conference (July 2015)
o Bringing this topic to UK researchers
o Notes produced and sent to participants and to UKERC Director and Business Manager
o Agreement to have further discussions about UKERC support for multiple benefits work, particularly as related to regional / local decision-making
• Participation to the Energy Week in Brussels attending events on local policy, consumers and smart grid.
• Participation to the EASME Workshop on April 28th : Public workshop on innovative financing for energy efficiency and renewables
• Annual Meeting of Association of Bulgarian Energy Agencies (, April 2015, Hissar, Bulgaria: Presentation of project

Progress beyond the state of the art and expected potential impact (including the socio-economic impact and the wider societal implications of the project so far)

The research proposed by IN-BEE concludes with the production of a set of key findings for a base model of EE socioeconomic actions including recommendations about rules and criteria to feed the development of EE strategies, policies and programmes at all governance levels.

IN-BEE will:

- develop comprehensive solutions to improve EE policies
- lead to the exploitation and dissemination of new knowledge and contribute to incorporate the peculiar characteristics of EE in the EU energy policy

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