Panel 4. Monitoring and evaluation for a wise, just and inclusive transition

The changes we need to see require learning from the past, monitoring the present and planning for the future – all of which need to be informed by monitoring and evaluation. This panel wants to present and discuss best practices in monitoring and evaluation, the latest advancement in practice and continuing challenges. 

We want this panel to explore how the principles of ‘efficiency first’ and ‘energy sufficiency’ are considered in energy efficiency evaluations, including how evaluations are accounting for demand reduction and/or demand switching with a focus on the role of human behaviour and decision making. We are interested in how multiple benefits are considered, possible trade-offs with non-energy impacts; and how these can influence decisions, including how energy efficiency policies can promote a just and inclusive sustainability transition. 

In addition, we’re looking for examples of new methods, framing, and uses of evaluation and monitoring that have increased value to key stakeholders and have proved successful in unlocking investment in energy efficiency. This includes advancements in technology and data, for example, the use of big data. We also particularly encourage insights into open and transparent monitoring and evaluation processes. Lastly, the panel would like to include how monitoring and evaluation can and should be built into Covid recovery policies.  

In particular, we are looking for abstracts that address these key points: 

  • Best practices in evaluation that give an accurate and useful picture of energy efficiencies impacts, particularly where they have involved multiple benefits, behavioural change and/or addressed social justice. 
  • How can evaluation practices inform ex-ante assessments and improve policy design and decisions to promote energy efficiency? 
  • Examples where digitalisation of energy has added value to the accuracy of evaluation, moving from smart to wise. 
  • Using new methods of evaluation and monitoring to increase its value to key stakeholders and unlock further investment.

Panel leaders

Nele Renders

Nele Renders, VITO/Energy Ville, Belgium

Nele Renders graduated as bio-engineer in the Environmental Technologies at the KULeuven, and started working at VITO in 2005 where she was initially involved in scenario & cost benefit analysis (energy, GHG and air pollutants) of the residential & services sector, under authority of the Flemish and Belgian government.  She managed the development of the heat map for Flanders, including the cost abatement analysis, as required by Article 14 of the Energy Efficiency Directive EED.  In frame of the European Topic Centre of the European Environmental Agency EEA, she is responsible for tracking the progress of Member States toward the energy efficiency targets, next to evaluating heating & cooling policies in the EU Member States.  Supporting energy agencies in the implementation of Article 3 and Article 7 of the EED (savings & target setting; EEOs and alternative measures), is the main objective of the H2020 funded project which Nele is coordinating.  Nele assisted DG Energy in frame of the EED during multiple assignments, such as assessing the implementation status and effectiveness of Article 17 of the EED, the recent ex-post evaluation of the EED and defining the template for progress reports under the Governance Regulation (ongoing). Next to energy efficiency, she supported European institutions in domain of the Monitoring Mechanism Regulation MMR by looking to GHG projections in hindsight (EEA), evaluating the Effort Sharing Decision, as well as building capacity to facilitate the implementation of the Effort Sharing Legislation (ex-post evaluation and policy lessons learned) under the authority of DG Climate Action.

Gesche Huebner

Gesche Huebner, UCL Energy Institute, United Kingdom

Dr Gesche Huebner is Lecturer & Researcher in the Bartlett School of Environment, Energy and Resources at University College London. Her research and teaching focuses on links between the built environment, energy, climate change, and health. She has a particular interest in establishing causal evidence and transparent, open science processes.

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