Welcome to IEA Demand Side Management Energy Efficiency Technology Collaboration Program

IEA Demand Side Management Energy Efficiency Technology Collaboration Program (DSM TCP)  is an international collaboration of 15 countries and 3 sponsors working together to develop and promote opportunities for demand-side management (DSM). DSM offers solutions to problems such as load management, energy efficiency, strategic conservation and related activities.

The work of the DSM Technology Collaboration Program is organised through a series of Tasks and reported in a number of publications. It is managed by an Executive Committee (ExCo). Visit the News page for the latest information on our activities.


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Upcoming Events

  1. Energy Cultures 2 Conference
    6 July 2016 - 9 July 2016
    Mac's Function Centre
    The Energy Cultures Conference, ‘Sustainable Energy Futures: Understanding Behaviour and Supporting Transition’ will be held on the 6th and 7th July 2016 at Mac’s Function Centre in Wellington, New Zealand, and hosted by the Energy Cultures Research Group from the University of Otago. The energy sector is facing an uncertain future. The demands of development contrasted with the constraints of global climate change, peak oil, and resource availability underscore the need for a long-term transformation of energy systems. Yet achieving a sustainable energy future will require action and support of multiple actors across a range of scales. The purpose of this international conference is twofold: to share findings and conceptual advances from the Energy Cultures research programme; and to invite other research perspectives on energy-related behaviour and its role in transitioning to a sustainable energy future. The conference invites a broad focus on behaviour change that includes households, businesses and governments; energy and mobility; and from single-factor to systemic change. The programme will consist of plenary and thematic sessions and discussions in plenum. The conference will bring together academics and practitioners from different disciplines, backgrounds, and sectors, to strengthen the relationship between theory and practice, and to identify mechanisms for translating research outcomes into opportunities for transition. For further details and instructions on how to submit an abstract, please see the full call for abstracts. Why attend? The conference will bring together leading ‘thinkers’ and ‘doers’ from New Zealand and around the world to share their cutting-edge research into energy and mobility behaviours, behaviour change, and broader socio-technical transitions. It will provide the opportunity for scholars to share their insights with other researchers, practitioners, and policymakers. The conference will take place over two days (Wednesday 6 and Thursday 7 July, 2016) and include sessions showcasing research selected through a competitive abstract process . The first day will focus on contributions that extend theory or understanding around behaviour, behaviour change, and transition. The second day will have a stronger focus on implementation and implications for policymakers and practitioners. There will be four international keynote speakers across the two days, providing a range of insights into sustainable energy futures. Details of the keynote talks and speaker biographies can be found on the Keynote Speakers  page. Who should attend? The Energy Cultures Conference aims to bring together:
    • Researchers (e.g., economics, psychology, sociology, management, law, humanities, interdisciplinary)
    • Decision makers and practitioners (e.g., national and local government, utilities, businesses, entrepreneurs)
    • Influencers (e.g., community organisations, media, non-profits)
    We invite participants from any discipline or sector whose work relates to the conference theme. Timeframe 18 December 2015      Deadline for submission of abstracts – NOW CLOSED 08 December 2015      Registration now open 15 February 2016         Authors will be notified of acceptance 01 May 2016                 Deadline for presenters registration 15 May 2016                 Confirmation of final programme 6-7 July 2016                Conference                                                                                                                                                                                                      8 July 2016                   IEA DSM Task 24 workshop Cost Registration costs for the Energy Cultures conference have been subsidised by the Energy Cultures research programme, therefore the full two-day conference is just NZ$100, or $75 for one day only. This fee includes lunches and coffee breaks on both days, along with drinks and canapés on the first evening. A reduced rate of $50 is offered to students and non-waged. Location The conference venue, the Mac’s Function Centre is situated in New Zealand’s capital city, Wellington. A compact city, Wellington offers opportunities to explore Te Papa (the museum of New Zealand), Zealandia (a pest-free wildlife sanctuary) or enjoy the views from the Botanic Gardens at the top of the cable car. There is a good bus network, but most city centre locations are accessible by foot. For those arriving by air, Wellington has an international airport, and frequent, low cost airport bus providing connections to the city centre.  There is also a train connecting Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city, and Wellington which offers fantastic views of the North Island country, mountains and sea scape. Click here for more winter activities in New Zealand. Accommodation Click here for special delegate rates. IEA DSM Task 24 Workshop We are also pleased to announce another international workshop that will follow the conference on Friday, July 8 2016. You can find more information here. News & Inquiries For more news sign up for our e-newsletter and twitter account @energycultures #energycultures2016. For additional inquiries please contact energy.cultures@otago.ac.nz Conference Committee Conference Chair:                         Dr Janet Stephenson Conference Co-conveners:          Dr Debbie Hopkins, Dr Rebecca Ford Conference Manager:                   Jane Khan Committee Members:                  Dr Ben Wooliscroft, Dr Sara Walton, Dr Michelle Scott  
  2. Task 24 Workshop following Energy Cultures 2 conference
    8 July 2016
    Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment
    REFRAMING THE ENERGY SYSTEM – IEA DSM Task 24 Workshop July 8, 2016, 9:30 til 4:30pm, Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment The emerging evidence suggests that our current economic and climate change paradigms need a radical shift with regard to the energy system. Energy Cultures is one of the major international conferences where we can discuss this important issue. This connected IEA DSM Task 24 workshop is designed to provide an overview to the wider systematic issues to do with behaviour change and to provide more hands-on solutions on how to solve them collaboratively. It will thus both introduce and practically support the issues that will be discussed at the Energy Cultures conference. It is critical that we learn to understand our own and each others’ role(s), both as end users and as ‘Behaviour Changers’ (i.e., the people who are designing, implementing and evaluating interventions to change end user behaviour). This workshop is designed to help energy ‘Behaviour Changers’ from all different sectors re-frame energy for the 21st century and use a human-centered energy system framework to redesign our approach to the work that we do. It is led by the International Energy Agency Demand Side Management Programme’s (IEA-DSM) Task 24, called ‘Behaviour Change in DSM – Helping the Behavior Changers’. The workshop will include insights from the first three years of theoretical meta-analysis of Task 24, including illustrative case study analyses from some of its country experts and a very hands-on use of our ‘Behaviour Changer Framework’ to illustrate how to take a whole-system approach to the ‘human’ aspects of our energy system. We will run through the IEA-DSM Task 24 Behaviour Changer framework, which re-frames the energy system through the human, rather than the technocratic lens. Participants will co-create their own Behaviour Changer framework for a specific behavioural issue, which will help identify the various mandates, roles, barriers, drivers and restrictions for each Behaviour Changer sector – Government (‘the Decisionmakers’), Industry (‘the Providers’), Research (‘the Experts’), The Third Sector (‘the Conscience’) and Middle Actors (‘the Doers’). We will then map our relationships with each other and with the end user, whose behaviour we ultimately would like to change.   Task 24 Phase II feature   We are hoping to bring together workshop participants from all Behaviour Changer sectors, from researchers to policymakers to practitioners. We are using a Collective Impact Approach to bring people together and find a common language (by using narratives) to design better behaviour change interventions. We will explore the role of storytelling effectively in energy policy and practice. There are many different stories that can be told, and many different ways in which we tell stories, depending on the audience. However, stories that are universal, easily understood, and memorable can help us overcome interdisciplinary jargon and ultimately break down silos between the different Behaviour Changers and the end user. Please join us in re-framing energy for the 21st century and exploring a new way of thinking, talking and working together. Learning objectives:
    • Understand the difference between viewing the energy system through the human vs the technocratic lens
    • Map out the energy system from a human perspective and identify where you fit within it
    • Identify the best ways to interact with other stakeholders of the human energy system and develop strategies for partnering with them
    • Practice using energy narratives as a common language and develop an energy story that can be used during the conference and beyond
    To register for this workshop and to lodge a submission for a presentation, please contact Dr Sea Rotmann at drsea@orcon.net.nz
  3. BEHAVE 2016 conference and Task 24 workshop
    7 September 2016 - 9 September 2016
    University of Coimbra, Dept of Mathematics

    Behave 2016 - 4th European Conference on Behaviour and Energy Efficiency

    8 - 9 September 2016

    University of Coimbra, Portugal

    Special issue

    Behave 2016 aims to bring researchers and practitioners involved in end-use energy efficiency to share recent research, new technological developments and best practices on understanding and influencing behaviour related to energy efficiency. Research on behaviours associated with energy use plays a fundamental role to achieve a more sustainable energy system, in face of challenges such as security of supply, climate change and evolution to the smart grids.

    Contributions to Behave 2016 are expected to cover a wide range of topics related with energy efficiency and behaviours, namely:

    • promoting sustainable energy behaviours: instruments, interventions and evaluation of behaviour change
    • adoption and use of low carbon technologies
    • behavioural potential to facilitate the smart grid and demand response
    • end-use energy efficiency in buildings and organisations
    • behaviour in transport and mobility
    • behaviour integration into energy modelling
    • multidisciplinary approaches to energy behaviours
    • energy policies for promoting behaviour change

    Other topics related to energy efficiency and behaviours are welcome. Contributions reporting real-world studies are particularly appreciated.

    The official language of the conference is English. More information can be found here.

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    7 September 2016, University of Coimbra

    This workshop is designed to provide an overview to the wider systemic issues to do with behaviour change and to provide more hands-on solutions on how to solve them collaboratively.

    It is led by the International Energy Agency Demand Side Management Programme's (IEA-DSM) Task 24, called ‘Behaviour Change in DSM - Helping the Behavior Changers’.

    More information can be found here.

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