European energy policy aims to shift the energy market towards an increased focus on energy services based on end-user needs. This requires a close understanding of the role of end-users and their needs and practices. Based on a European project called CHANGING BEHAVIOUR (http://www.energychange.info/), we examine the interaction between energy users and energy efficiency practitioners.
26.03.2013 Interactive Data Tool
The ENTRANZE project consortium has just launched its user-friendly online data mapping tool (http://www.entranze.eu/data-tool/) which provides in-depth analysis of the structure and dynamics of buildings and related energy systems in EU-27 (+ Croatia and Serbia). At its core, it’s a statistical tool designed for policy makers and experts in need of hard data for evidence based policy making. This interface enables users to acquire a comprehensive understanding of the building stock according to thermal quality, use, size, age, type, ownership structure, heating and cooling systems in place and related energy demand by end-use.
22.01.2013 Key CSR dimensions for the food chain
This article presents results from the project Enhancing corporate social responsibility in the Finnish food chain with a stakeholder dialogue and aims to identify and define the content of corporate social responsibility (CSR) for the food chain.
02.01.2013 Consumer Citizen at Work
The new book by Ilkka Halava and Mika Pantzar captures with exceptional precision the work/life revolution that has been going on for the past years. Halava's and Pantzar's book offers a firsthand look in to the collective psyche of the western professionals.
The Aalto University School of Business, The Helsinki Institute of Science and Technology Studies (HIST) and the Finnish Society for Science and Technology Studies organized the 2nd Aalto Event on Science and Technology Studies in Helsinki on 5-6 November. The event gathered researchers interested in the relation between social issues and science and technology in Helsinki. The theme of this year’s event was energy in society. Keynote speakers in a two-day event were among others professor Simon Marvin from Durham University (UK) and professor Harald Rohracher from Linköping University (Sweden). National Consumer Research Centre participated in the event with two research papers, which both were concerned with solar energy.