The year 2012 was a year of transition for the IEA Demand-Side Management Implementing Agreement. It was the last year of our current term and so we started the process of applying for an extension from the CERT.
For the Implementing Agreement that is more than going through the motions. We looked back, evaluated our work and now we are designing the path for the next five years.
Looking back, the fact that we were forced to say farewell to Greece was an absolute low point. Not the leaving per se, countries entering and leaving Implementing Agreements are a fact of life within the technology network. The worrying fact is that in these economic hard times countries tend to cut budgets on energy efficiency related topics. The idea that efficiency, in its own right, is very profitable seems valid. But we have known for years that investments to raise awareness and change behaviour is a necessity (and even profitable).
But there are also highlights. The Implementing Agreement produced numerous reports, including:
We also started work on The Role of Customers in Delivering Effective Smart Grids and Closing The Loop – Behaviour Change In DSM, From Theory To Policies And Practice. In 2013 a number of projects will, most likely, be continued, among them is Integration of DSM and Energy Services.
The evaluation of work showed us that improving our outreach is the most valuable action that the Implementing Agreement can take. Industry and policy implementers working within the DSM Tasks are satisfied or more than satisfied with the results. On top of that, the process of getting to the results creates added value for all the participants.
However, sharing our results with others within the technology network and interested parties outside our direct circle is too limited. Therefore, our next work plan will give priority to this part of our output.
The report “Best Practices in Designing and Implementing Energy Efficiency Obligation Schemes”, which was published in collaboration with member RAP, is a perfect example of expanding our outreach.
Our newest member, the European Copper Institute, is keen on supporting us here, so we are very positive the plan to improve our outreach will not get stuck in “good intentions”.
The most important question in this transition year is, of course, does the world need DSM. My “yes” may not be very convincing – never ask a chair if the work of his IA is good. However, the IEA’s “yes” as stated in the latest IEA World Energy Outlook proves, beyond any shadow of a doubt, that collaboration with the end-users has the greatest potential of all options to reduce the present growth in energy use. And, it saves money!
I hope you find the information in our 2012 report useful. Our website offers you much more information, and if you want even more information, feel free to contact this Implementing Agreement. If you’re not a member: the new work plan might just be the reason for you to join!Log in to post comments