Panel 9. Improving energy efficiency in ICT, appliances and products

Considerable energy savings have been achieved by improving the efficiency of appliances, products and information and communication technologies (ICT) over the last couple of decades. Yet emerging products (e.g. personal assistants, smart home appliances, autonomous systems) and services (e.g. web-based applications, interconnected devices, internet-of-things) bring new challenges for continued efficiency improvements of appliances, products and ICT.

Contributions to panel 9 address topics related to ensuring the energy-efficient design, testing, and operation of appliances, products and the ICT environment. In particular, it covers contributions addressing the following areas:

  • Energy-efficiency policies: What insights from past and present policies (notably Energy Labelling, Ecodesign)? How to deal with novel methodological issues? What challenges for future policy? Which new policies to complement the existing policy-canon? How to ensure the market transformation?
  • Test standards: How to set up robust, cost-effective and fair test standards? How to fairly integrate secondary functionalities into test standards? What role of software updates for energy-efficient products? How to judge the performance of distributed services? How to deal with systems instead of products in test standards?
  • User behaviour: How to help users chose energy-efficient solutions? What new insights from day-to-day implementations? How to ensure energy-efficient usage in the long-term? What new insights on particular user groups? How to make the transition from efficiency to sufficiency? How to use products to support energy-efficient behaviour?
  • Technologies: Which new observations on consumption and savings of emerging technologies? What new findings from systems vs. individual products? What findings on the role of IT to enhance product efficiency? What new insights on privacy and data security in the context of energy-efficiency products? What new findings on balancing energy and resource efficiency?
  • Market surveillance and monitoring: How to ensure efficient and effective market surveillance? How to prevent free riders? How to deal with circumvention devices and software? What reactions of manufacturers and importers to compliance action taken so far? How to create additional benefits from database initiatives (e.g. product registry database)? How can enforcement benefit from international cooperation?

Contributions should strive to provide ideas to improve the policy framework including implementation, provide empirical evidence, give comparative studies between countries or products or theoretical accounts, focussing on single products, product systems or systems.

Panel leaders

Peter Nielsen, Denmark

Peter Nielsen has a Master of Sociology from the University of Copenhagen (1976). From 1981 until retirement Peter was employed by the Danish Energy Agency. From 2006 until the end of 2016 Peter worked with Ecodesign and Energy labelling of appliances both the setting of rules in regulatory committee and consultation forums.

Antoine Durand, Fraunhofer ISI, Germany will replace Simon Hirzel at the Summer Study.

Antoine Durand studied Mechanical Engineering in France and Germany. Since April 2017 he works as research fellow and project coordinator at the Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research ISI in the Competence Center Energy Technology and Energy Systems, with a strong focus on Standards and Labels. Before joining Fraunhofer, Antoine worked 5 years at Wuppertal Institute and 3 years in Senegal for the GIZ in the field of energy efficiency.

Simon Hirzel, Fraunhofer ISI, Germany

Simon Hirzel has been working since 2008 as a researcher at the Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research ISI at the Competence Center Energy Technology and Energy Systems. He studied industrial engineering and management with a focus on "Process and Environmental Engineering" at the Technical University Kaiserslautern and received his doctoral degree at RWTH Aachen University on "Analysis and assessment of industrial energy efficiency measures". His activities as a senior researcher at Fraunhofer ISI cover the diverse topics inherent to energy efficiency, including policy instruments for improving energy efficiency, qualitative and quantitative assessments of energy-efficient technologies, barriers and drivers as well as energy demand modelling and saving potential studies.

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