The CONSEED Activities
Concept and Objectives:
Do European consumers pay attention to energy labels when they buy an electric appliance, a car or a house? What information are they looking for? How important is energy consumption in their decisions?
This is what the CONSEED research project aims to find out through surveys and field trials among households and various economic sectors across Europe.
The EU has as a goal to reduce joint energy consumption by at least 27% by 2030. It has introduced energy efficiency labels or energy performance certificates for electric appliances, cars and buildings. These help consumers choosing the most energy efficient products.
According to the Commission’s calculations, European consumers can save about €100 billion annually – about €465 per household – on their energy bills by 2020 if they buy more efficient appliances. However, consumers do not always buy the products that would give them the largest energy savings over time. CONSEED wants to understand what explains this “energy efficiency gap”.
Our research covers various consumer groups, including households and professional consumers from the services, agricultural and industrial sectors. The comprehensive database of empirical data will enable us to examine how different consumer groups interact with existing energy efficiency labels and certificates, and identify areas where policies can be improved.