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Book: Energy and Behaviour

6ª feira dia 31 de janeiro de 2020, no Auditório da Ordem dos Engenheiros da Região Centro
3 dezembro, 2019

Apresentação do livro “Energy and behaviours: Challenges of a Low-Carbon Future”

Terá lugar na 6ª feira dia 31 de janeiro de 2020, no Auditório da Ordem dos Engenheiros da Região Centro (Rua Antero de Quental, Coimbra), a sessão de apresentação do livro “Energy and behaviours: Challenges of a Low-Carbon Future”, recentemente editado pela Elsevier.

Esta obra, que conta com contribuições de reconhecidos especialistas mundiais no estudo do papel dos comportamentos no uso de energia, foi coordenada pela Prof. Marta Lopes, da Escola Superior Agrária de Coimbra, pelo Prof. Carlos Henggeler Antunes, do DEEC da Universidade de Coimbra, ambos investigadores do INESC Coimbra e membros da Iniciativa EfS, e pela Dra. Kathryn B. Janda, da University College London.

            O programa da sessão, com início às 15 horas, inclui as seguintes intervenções:

- “Integrating Social Science in Energy Research” - Kathryn B. Janda, University College London
- “Observatório da Energia. Principais dados estatísticos nacionais” – Manuel Casquiço, ADENE – Agência para a Energia
- “Energy and behaviours: Challenges of a Low-Carbon Future” – Marta Lopes, ESAC-IPC e INESC Coimbra

            A sessão é organizada pelo INESC Coimbra, pelo Colégio de Engenharia Eletrotécnica da Região Centro da Ordem dos Engenheiros e pela Escola Superior Agrária de Coimbra.


Energy and Behaviour

Towards a Low Carbon Future

Editors: Marta Lopes, Carlos Henggeler Antunes, Kathryn B. Janda

Paperback ISBN: 9780128185674

Imprint: Academic Press

Published Date: 25th November 2019

Page Count: 558


Changes to energy behaviour — the role of people and organisations in energy production, use and efficiency — are critical to supporting a societal transition towards a low carbon and more sustainable future. However, which changes need to be made, by whom, and with what technologies are still very much under discussion. This book, developed by a diverse range of experts, presents an international and multi-faceted approach to the sociotechnical challenge of engaging people in energy systems and vice versa. By providing a multidisciplinary view of this field, it encourages critical thinking about core theories, quantitative and qualitative methodologies, and policy challenges. It concludes by addressing new areas where additional evidence is required for interventions and policy-making. It is designed to appeal to new entrants in the energy-efficiency and behaviour field, particularly those taking a quantitative approach to the topic. Concurrently, it recognizes ecological economist Herman Daly’s insight: what really counts is often not countable.

Key Features

Introduces the major disciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches to understanding energy and behaviour

Delivers a cross-sectoral overview including energy behaviour in buildings, industry, transportation, smart grids, and smart cities

Reviews a selection of innovative energy behaviour modelling approaches, including agent-based modelling, optimization, and decision support

Critically addresses the importance of interventions, policies, and regulatory design


This book is written for researchers and practitioners interested in human, social, and organisational behaviour in energy systems and policies, particularly as related to energy efficiency. It provides evidence and insights on behavioural change policies and programmes useful for academic researchers, energy policy makers, utility professionals, and consultants involved in energy policy research, design and implementation. It is designed to serve as both a primer for new entrants in the energy and behaviour field and a critical resource for students, policy makers, and practitioners.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Energy and behaviour: Challenges of a low-carbon future


1.1 Psychology and energy conservation: Key contributions from theory and practice

1.2 Behavioural economics for energy and climate change policies and the transition to a sustainable energy use: A Scandinavian perspective

1.3 Beyond energy behaviour: A broader way to see people for climate change technology planning


2.1 Resource-efficient nondomestic buildings: Intertwining behaviours and technology

2.2 The challenge of improving energy efficiency in the building sector: Taking an in-depth look at decision-making on investments in energy-efficient refurbishments

2.3 Reframing energy efficiency in industry: A discussion of definitions, rationales and management practices

2.4 What do we know about the role the human dimension plays in shaping a sustainable low-carbon transport transition?

2.5 The impact of the institutional context on the potential contribution of new business models to democratizing the energy system

2.6 Energy, human activity, and knowledge: Addressing smart city challenges


3.1 Energy and enjoyment: The value of household electricity consumption

3.2 Developing quantitative insights on building occupant behaviour: Supporting modelling tools and datasets

3.3 Agent-based modelling of the social dynamics of energy end use

3.4 Preference elicitation approaches for energy decisions


4.1 A critical review of energy behaviour change: The influence of context.

4.2 Urban low-carbon futures: Results from real-world lab experiment in Berlin

4.3 Overview of the European Union policies to promote more sustainable behaviours in energy end-users

4.4. A brief history of behaviour in US energy programs: Landscape, integration, and future opportunities