Behaviour Change


WG Behaviour Change

It is clear that behaviour change is crucial to bring about significant reduction in energy end use. Although national and international administrations have already devoted considerable effort to deploying evidence-based interventions to influence behaviour to promote the use of sustainable energy, and scientific insights to improve these efforts are published on a regular basis, we need to improve these interventions to enhance the results to have an even bigger impact on achieving the energy transition.

This Working Group established in 2005 aims not only to bring together the knowledge and expertise on behaviour change of EnR Members and relevant networks such as the IEA TCP Users Group User-Centred Energy Systems (USERS), but also to share and disseminate best practices, to learn from each other and to engage in dialogue with the social scientists. Using psychology and behavioural insights in designing energy efficient and renewable energy programmes, projects and policies can contribute to their long-term success.


  • Keep members up to date with the latest policy developments and work of other relevant networks – bringing the leading social scientists and practitioners together;
  • Capacity building and enhancing the knowledge and expertise of EnR members on the topic of behaviour change;
  • Raise the profile of behaviour change among policy stakeholders to ensure that behaviour change is considered more systematically within the energy policy design and implementation process.

See Link to the catalogue to access best practices on behavioural insights in energy efficiency. This catalogue showcases a wide range of best practices on behavioural insights in energy efficiency from many different agencies in Europe, demonstrating the diversity of the work of the European Energy Network. An analysis of the best practices is given, providing the main highlights and conclusions and some recommendations for consideration.

The catalogue was developed within the framework of BEHAVE 2020/2021, 6th European conference on Behaviour and Energy Efficiency, held on 21-23 April 2021 and will be updated and published in November 2023 in conjunction with the 7th edition of this conference to be held on 28 and 29 November 2023 in Maastricht, the Netherlands

Contact the EnR Behaviour Change Working Group

Rebecca van Leeuwen

The EnR Behaviour Change Working Group is currently chaired by the Netherlands Enterprise Agency/ RVO Rijksdienst voor Ondernemend Nederland ( If you have any questions, or would like to find out more, please contact the Behaviour Change Working Group Chair, Rebecca van Leeuwen at