Consumers should be considered at the heart of the energy system and become active market players. The future private consumer should be more aware, active, energy sufficient, as well as being a prosumer producing energy for their own consumption, where this is possible. Furthermore, in view of the rise in energy prices, consumers are spending an increasing share of their income on energy, with estimates stating that more than 50 million Europeans are affected by energy poverty. Energy efficiency, energy savings and increased use of locally produced, including own produced, renewable energy are key tools in addressing fuel poverty.

In this context, engagement actions are needed across Europe in order to achieve behavioural change towards more sustainable choices and decisions for energy. This includes increasing and understanding consumer 'apetite' for higher efficiency products.

Although awareness on the benefits of collective consumer action in the field of EE and RES has increased in past years, such action is still hampered by a number of barriers, including financial and regulatory barriers and inconsistencies in grid integration practice. In addition, insufficient use of relevant ICT solutions and insufficient understanding of energy bills contribute to hampering the achievement of a more sustainable energy system.


Relevant similar previous projects or activities, connected to the subject of this proposal:

  • FP7-R&D CONCERTO 2005-2011

  • FP7- EEI SAVE PROGRAM 2007- 2009

  • MLEI CIP-IEE-2013 2013-2016


  • ESPON 2012-2014

  • H2020/EE19 2015 2016-2019 

  • Closing date: 15 September 2016 17:00:00
Partners involved
Partners type and roles of interest

Leader of partner

Financial aspects
  • EC contribution: 4.000.000 €
  • EC co-funding rate: NA
  • Foreseen project budget: NA
Thursday, 15 September, 2016
Contact person(s)
  • Name: Mikel Irujo Amezaga
  • Organisation: Government of Navarra (Brussels)
  • Telephone number: +32 2 509 87 91
  • Email Address: navarra@reper.maec.es
Date of publication
Tuesday, 28 June, 2016