Participants in the IEA DSM

Austria Netherlands
United Kingdom
New Zealand
United States
Finland Norway

RAP (sponsor)
ECI (sponsor)


Joining the Implementing Agreement, read more below or HERE
Strategy 2014 - 2019, read more HERE
IEA DSM Package, read more HERE
Task Participation Menu, read more HERE (being updated)
Benefits, read more HERE
DSM Programme countries and Tasks read more HERE

Benefits of Participation

In comparison to many other IEA Programmes (the term Programme is used to describe the work to be done under the legal contract, the Implementing Agreement), this one deals with data, software, analysis, strategies and studies and a major part of the benefits to the participating countries comes from the participation itself- the learning process.

The benefits of international collaboration and cooperative activities of this programme will be of value in a number of additional important ways.

  • Enables complex and/or expensive projects to be undertaken. Many countries do not have the expertise or resources to undertake every desirable research project. A collaborative project enables the strength and contribution of many countries to undertake collectively what individually would be prohibitive.
  • Enhances national R & D programmes. National researchers involved in international projects are exposed to a multiplicity of ideas and approaches.
  • Promotes standardisation. Collaborative work encourages the use of standard terminology, notation, units of measurement, while also encouraging the portability of computer programs, and common methodology, procedures and reporting formats make interpretation and comparison easier.
  • Accelerates the pace of technology development. Interaction among project participants allows cross-fertilisation of new ideas, helping to spread innovative developments rapidly, while increasing the range of technologies and approaches employed.
  • Promotes international understanding. Collaboration promotes international goodwill, and helps participants broaden their views beyond their national perspective.

The IEA DSM Programme provides an international platform of work. This is the only international organisation that addresses management of energy on the demand side of the meter in a collaborative manner.

Reflects latest trends and issues

New areas of work are continually added to the Programme's scope to address changes in the energy market.

Enables complex and/or expensive projects to be undertaken

Collaborative work allows countries to undertake projects that othwerwise would be prohibitive due to lack of expertise and/or resources.

Saves time and money

Countries fund a portion of the international team's work, but have access to all project results.

Creates important networks

Specialists active in Demand Side Management, Demand Response, and Energy Efficiency, have the opportunity to work with other key experts from around the world.

Increases the size of the technology database

Collaboration among multiple countries creates a pool of information much larger than a single country could assemble by itself.

Permits national specialisation

Countries can focus on particular aspects of a technology's development or deployment while maintaining access to the entire projetc's information.

Promotes standardisation

Encourages the use and diffusion of standard terminology, notations, units of measurement, methodologies, and procedures and reporting formats to make interpretation and comparison easier.


Streamlined Steps for joining the DSM Implementing Agreement

If you are from a country that is a member of the IEA or that is currently participating in an Implementing Agreement, take these three steps and you can join the IEA DSM Programme:


1. Talk to Us                 2. Meet with Us              3. Write to Us


Interested Party (IP)1

IEA DSM Programme

1. Talk to Us
IP expresses interest in joining the IA by contacting an Operating Agent, the Chairman or Executive Secretary

IA Executive Committee Chair promptly provides information on activities, participation obligations, benefits and the process for joining.

IA Executive Committee (ExCo invites the IP to attend an ExCo meeting and Task meetings of interest.


2. Meet with Us
IP representative(s) attends an ExCo meeting and Task meetings as Observer.

IA ExCo votes to invite the IP to join.

3. Write to Us
IP sends a letter to the IEA Executive Director (with copy to DSM ExCo Chair) specifying:2
a) Who will sign the Implementing Agreement on behalf of the Government or company.
b) Name and contact details of the new member.
c) The Task(s) in which the IP will participate.

Upon receipt of the letter, the IEA Legal office will send a signature page.3

Participation in the IA will begin on the date the signature page is signed.

1. There are two types of participants in IAs, Contracting Parties (entities designated by the government or international organisations) and Sponsors (entities not designated by governments or non-governmental international organisations).

2. A template will be provided.

3. If the IP is a government of a country or a sponsor that is not already participating in an IA, then an additional step is required before signature, which is approval by the IEA Committee on Energy Research and Technology (CERT). If favourable, all that is needed is signature of the Implementing Agreement.


How to Participate

If your country has signed the Implementing Agreement, contact the Operating Agent of the Task(s) you are interested in, or the Executive Committee Member from your country. Refer to the 'contacts' linkage in the menu.

If your country has not signed the Implementing Agreement, and is an IEA-member country, contact the Executive Secretary, Ms. Anne Bengtson, who will provide you with the name of your country┬┤s representative to the IEA/CERT.

If your country has not signed, or is not an IEA-member country, contact the IEA Desk Officer, Ms. Melanie Slade at the IEA Secretariat who will provide you with information on how to proceed.


Tasks currently open for participation