The Energy Advice Exchange is an informal discussion group bringing together a wide range of actors who are arguing for a higher priority for the provision of energy advice. The three of us – Catrin Maby, Louise Sunderland and Rod Janssen – are hoping that our analysis, information gathering and recommendations will help all stakeholders in the approval process of the “winter package.” We have prepared various documents to help argue for that higher priority.
February 2017: Frequently Asked Questions now available
For a handy reference on energy advice, the EAE has published Frequently asked questions on consumer information and advice for energy retrofit. This will be updated regularly. If you have questions about the provision of energy advice, please let us know.
- The recommendations in the EAE Discussion Paper has been revised to reflect the Commission’s proposals in its November 30th “winter package.” Here is the revised discussion paper following: Efficiency First means Consumers First: the crucial role of energy advisory services in realising the EU’s energy ambitions.
- EAE has produced its second briefing on related activities in Member States: The role of energy information and advisory services in National Building Renovation Strategies, January 2017
- Our December 2016 Efficiency First means Consumers First Briefing is also available.
- Frequently asked questions on consumer information and advice for energy retrofit.
Latest blogs on EiD
Catrin Maby of the EAE team recently provided her reflections on the new UK government review on consumer advice for energy efficiency.
Louise Sunderland of the EAE team recently provided her reflections on the “winter package in an EiD post.
Presentations, blogs, etc.
Louise Sunderland’s column, What does the Winter Package do for building renovation? on eceee website.
Catrin Maby’s post for EiD, January 2017
Louise Sunderland’s guest blog for the Association for the Conservation of Energy, January 2017.
Louise Sunderland’s post for EiD, December 2016.
Catrin Maby’s post, ‘We think in generalities but we live in detail…’ How do we help consumers make the right decisions on having an energy renovation?, on EiD, September 23, 2016
About the Energy Advice Exchange
While Europe needs a renovation strategy, until the consumer – the building owner or the tenant – is better empowered through a greater understanding of the technical and programme options, the impact will be poor.
Energy advisory services are a key piece of the jigsaw of enabling mechanisms necessary to achieve the step change in buildings renovation that we need to achieve Europe’s climate ambitions. Building owners and users need energy advice and information to achieve the energy efficient renovations foreseen in Renovation Strategies – especially deep renovations. They need good technical, behavioural and programme advice as much as they need better financial support.
Over the last year Catrin Maby, Louise Sunderland and Rod Janssen have been working together to assess the provision of energy efficiency advice and information globally (in the household and SME sectors). We found that there are pockets of excellent practice and practitioners, and some policy makers, recognise the essential contribution advice makes to achieving energy policy goals. However, energy advice programmes in general suffer from difficulties in sustaining funding, a lack of medium to long-term sustainability, and, importantly, a lack of concrete evidence of impact that leads to a lack of long-term commitment.
There is a risk that energy advisory services are undervalued or taken for granted, and that renovation strategies can fail without them.
In order to plug the gap in published material on the role and value of advisory services, over the next month we will be writing a Discussion Paper to highlight the relevance of energy advisory services to achieving energy efficiency in buildings, present the state of the art, and highlight delivery and policy issues. The aim is to inform the forthcoming energy efficiency package from the European Commission, and ensure that energy advisory services are fully integrated in the revised approach.
We are also in the process of creating an informal discussion group called the Energy Advice Exchange to bring together a wide range of actors who appreciate the need for a higher priority for the provision of energy advice. This will give the consumer greater confidence to undertake a deep renovation.
If you would like more information about our work, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the Team
Catrin Maby OBE FRSA MEI MSc BA Hons
Catrin has worked in sustainable energy since 1984, when she set up an energy advice service for London tenants, and produced handbooks on recycling, draughtproofing and heating advice. During the 90s she worked with Birmingham City Council to develop energy efficiency aspects of urban renewal programmes, trained over 1,000 people in energy awareness, developed energy awareness materials for use in core skills adult education, and assisted several local authorities in producing home energy efficiency and affordable warmth strategies.
Catrin set up the non-profit company Severn Wye Energy Agency in 1999, and as CEO built it to a 45 strong organisation, leaving in 2015 to focus on research and policy. Catrin has led European projects on energy advice (SErENADE), retrofit of social housing (SHARE), and comunity-scale delivery of retrofit (Countdown to Low Carbon Homes), as well as the innovative Stroud Target 2050 programme which included one of the 5 UK ‘Pay As You Save’ pilots. She was a member of the Board of FEDARENE from 2007-15, and Chair of the cross-sectoral UK Energy Advice Providers Group from 2007-12.
Catrin has a degree in Engineering Science from Oxford University and an MSc in Energy Resources Management from South Bank Polytechnic. She received an OBE in 2012 for services to the environment and social equity.
Louise has worked in energy and sustainability for 9 years in research, lobbying and advisory capacities. Previously she worked in international development and community development in the UK.
Louise’s work has ranged from hands on evaluation of carbon reduction programmes to multi-country policy evaluation and advising built environment companies on sustainability best practice. Louise has a strong policy and industry experience having worked with both the Association for the Conservation of Energy and the UK Green Building Council. She also Chaired the Existing Homes Alliance for England and Wales.
Louise has an MA and an MSc in Environmental Technologies from Imperial College London (Distinction) and was the recipient of the BP Prize for Strategic Thinking. Louise wrote her thesis on home retrofit and sustainable behaviours in conjunction with BioRegional and has also worked during her MSc with Forum for the Future.
Rod Janssen is an expert in sustainable energy policies and gives special focus to how to communicate sustainable energy issues to a wide variety of audiences. He has worked in this field in various capacities since the 1970s first for the Canadian federal government and then at the International Energy Agency (IEA) in the 1980s. Since 1988 he has been an independent consultant based primarily in Paris, involved in Europe-wide energy efficiency and renewable energy policy analysis for more than two decades. He is a seasoned writer, evaluator, trainer and technical analyst with deep knowledge of institutional issues, legislation, incentives and the policy approaches to develop strategies for global climate change and energy efficiency. In 2012, Rod created the web service, Energy in Demand, to reach wider audiences globally through the use the web and social media. It is now one of the most popular blogs on sustainable energy in Europe.