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The project IN-BEE

Assessing the intangibles: the socio-economic benefits of energy efficiency.

The main aim of IN-BEE is to address the theme of energy efficiency and to consider all the 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 behaviour, 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.
Specific project objectives are:

  • exploring the full range of benefits delivered by EE improvements
  • taking into account different government levels and first of all sub-national levels, as these are often overlooked in EE analysis
  • developing a methodology to describe and assess EE initiatives, and then applying this to a variety of case studies across Europe, with the end goal being to offer evidence-based policy advice on how to design successful regional and local efficiency projects
  • developing a set of tools which allow the EE players to formulate long-term strategies based on the motorization of past actions in EU countries
  • involving directly a vast number of stakeholders and sharing best practices
  • supporting policy makers by bridging the gap with researchers

During IN-BEE project, two main work themes are being carried out to feed the development of future energy efficiency strategies, policies and programmes at regional, national and international levels.

1. Intangibles
The research themes about intangibles of the EE are:
a. Understanding and gathering evidence on the whole benefits of improving energy efficiency and,
b. Developing new ways to measure intangibles, relevant to a range of actors
So that, focus on the intangible benefits of improving EE with both objective, on the one hand, to list and describe the intangible benefits, and on the other hand, to find appropriate indicators to measure intangible benefits.
2. Trends
Focus on EE trends, considering what has been done in the recent years and the European approach for the next years. The research themes about EE trends are:
a. Analysis of existing measures for EE issues related to consumers, policy and financing;
b. Pave the way for better analysis of previous trends and more accurate hypothesis on the future ones
These two main research themes are being carried out with a micro-economic perspective and the focus is on three main issues:

  • Consumers (residential consumers and SMEs)
  • Policies (regional and local policies; multi-level governance; local, regional and national actors developing and delivering policies)
  • Financing (mainly public and private financing to enterprises for EE)
  • The results of these activities will be used to deeply analyse real case studies with a direct involvement of a wide list of stakeholders, mainly associations of public authorities and other public and private bodies engaged in supporting EE actions. A preliminary list of case studies is already drafted, in order to exploit results of previous works carried out by the partners, and some hot topics already identified; nevertheless, a regular two-way communication with stakeholders will allow IN-BEE consortium to find new potential case studies and to address new research topics.
  • Each case study will encompass:
  • Detailed description of the programme/plan/initiative
  • Assessment of results based on the framework developed in previous activities
  • Collection of best practices and common patterns

As consequence of the case studies, there will be expected inputs from EE actions. This input will retro-feed the researches on intangibles and trends to obtain a better understanding about EE issues and complement the previous research activities.
At the end will be delivered a best practice report encompassing the most interesting cases analysed and a set of recommendations for future developments on EE policies and interventions.
The reports will be published HERE…