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Changing Behaviour is a project that aims to support change in energy use and energy services. We do so by applying social research on technological change to practical use. Our focus is on the interaction between energy experts and energy users: How can these different groups learn to understand each other better?

Changing Behaviour is an action research project. Researchers and practitioners work together to develop, test and refine tools for improved interaction that are sensitive to context, timing and the needs of different users and stakeholders.

Changing Behaviour is a European project that is funded by the EU 7th Framework Programme Energy theme (contract number: 213217). The project partners are from Estonia, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands and the UK.
Make Energy Change Happen in 2011
Monday, 06 December 2010 15:30

Last summer, CHANGING BEHAVIOUR hosted a competition for slogans, maxims, sayings and 'bons mots' that reflect the best insights in an emerging culture of energy saving practice. Our jury picked the 12 best slogans, which are:

  • The sure way to predict the future is to invent it.
  • One good action repeated a million times creates global change.
  • Energy efficiency is a journey, not a destination.
  • Less energy consumed today, more resources left for our children!
  • Nothing is permanent (Buddha): If you are promoting change, you need to first see the change that is ongoing.
  • Energy saving can become a common practice if you show people how others are doing it.
  • Give your car a holiday!
  • If you do not have what you need to change, then change what you need.
  • Change is constant – the trick is to make it permanent.
  • Energy efficiency is the answer! What is the question?
  • Be the change you want to see in the world ! - Mahatma Gandhi
  • The only people who never save energy are those who never try

The winners of the competition are James Noakes (Wigan Council, UK); Sadhu Saha (Paramakudi, India); Anca Bieru (Green Building Council, Romania), Claudia Bruhn (Verbraucherzentrale NRW, Germany), Simon Robinson (Manchester Knowledge Capital, UK), Mikael Johnson and Eva Heiskanen (National Consumer Research Centre, Finland). The winners will receive a printed version of the Make Energy Change Happen in 2011 Calendar. Thanks for your creativity!!

You can download a pdf version of the calendar icon calendar_2011_web (3.88 MB).

MECHanisms finalised after feedback from experts
Wednesday, 01 December 2010 13:28

mechanisms frontpage_1.jpgThe first public version of MECHanisms, the Make Energy Change Happen toolkit is now publicly available!

For this final version, we received valuable feedback from a group of expert users - companies, NGOs and public agencies promoting energy efficiency and conservation - at our Toolkit Clinic in Duesseldorf, October 12th. Twelve people from seven different countries tested MECHanisms on their own projects gave us comments on the necessary finishing touches. Overall, they found MECHanisms useful for their work and felt it gave them good ideas.

MECHanisms helps you design, plan and evaluate your project to reach better results. Check our MECHanisms and give us your feedback at http://mechanisms.energychange.info


Wednesday, 01 December 2010 13:02

NZOMC.PNGRuth Mourik from ECN has been taking CHANGING BEHAVIOUR on a grand tour of New Zealand. She gave presentations at the Kordia Innovation Engine in Auckland, at an energy behaviour workshop organized by EECA and for the Energy Industry Round Table in Wellington as well as at the Technical University in Auckland. CHANGING BEHAVIOUR has had a longstanding co-operation with EECA, the New Zealand Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority and we also received valuable feedback from EECA staff for the development of the MECHanisms toolkit.

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Poll: What do You think?

What skills do energy efficiency practitioners need to improve the most?

Slogan Competition

fortune_cookies2.gifThe competition for best energy saving practice slogan is now closed. Thanks for your input!

We will contact the winners in Autumn 2010. The winning entries will be used for a calendar and fortune cookies.  Winners will receive calendars and cookies.


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