PANEL: MULTIPLE IMPACTS—DEVELOPING AND COMMUNICATING A SHARED INTERNATIONAL PERSPECTIVE
Moderator: Kevin Cooney, Navigant
Policy makers, program funders, and other stakeholders involved in evaluation of energy efficiency policies and programs do not always recognize the rationale for taking a multiple impacts approach. The multiple benefits of EE investments thus are often overlooked in policy and funding decisions. Evaluators would benefit from reaching out and work across silos that separate them from evaluators who assess policies and programs in other sectors. Only in this way can we consider all impacts, including possible unintended costs associated with EE programs and policies.
This session will discuss the activities of 3 Working Groups (WG) created after an IEA Workshop convened in spring 2015 to discuss the policy and technical challenges associated with effective evaluation of the Multiple Benefits of EE. Currently, IEPPEC and IEA is steering the activities of these WGs with the goal: to provide and promote authoritative, integrated guidance and resources for all parties involved in evaluating the multiple impacts of energy efficiency.
This goal is being approached via the working groups which have the following objectives:
A. CONCEPTUAL FRAMEWORK – Develop a framework for understanding and applying a multiple benefits perspective on energy efficiency, from a policy perspective
B. OUTREACH – Establish an outreach mechanism to boost awareness and engagement in the multiple benefits that energy efficiency measures have to offer.
C. EVIDENCE ASSESSMENT – Perform a stocktaking exercise, from an evaluator’s perspective, of currently available evidence on multiple benefits as well as methods and models in use, to identify gaps and priority research areas.
The panelists include leaders of each Working Group and overall IEA leadership. Each will provide a high level summary of progress toward their objectives. A moderated discussion will follow, and attendees are encouraged to bring their questions and ideas and questions as we take a deeper dive into some of the issues addressed in Tuesday’s MBEE: Setting the Stage session.
Sam Thomas, International Energy Agency (IEA)
Anca-Diana Barbu, European Environment Agency (EEA)
Michael Reid, Databuild Research and Solutions Ltd.
Theresa Weinsziehr, Leipzig University [paper]