IEA DSM Task 24

Behaviour Change in Demand-Side Management

Demand-Side Management (DSM) aims at releasing the vast potential for cost-efficient energy efficiency that is locked in on the demand side (i.e. with the energy user).

Following, this new Task of the IEA DSM Implementing Agreement is aimed at developing a framework that clearly links energy end user behaviour change research theory with successful policy implementation and outcome evaluation.

By participating in the IEA DSM Task XXIV, the establishment of an expert network is supported, which shall allow policy-makers, funders of DSM programmes, researchers and other relevant stakeholders to:

  • Interact, learn about and build up a common interdisciplinary and international knowledge base on how to turn behaviour change theory into practice. Inventory of models and disciplines
  • Base DSM programme funding and design decisions on sound, generally-accepted state of the art behaviour change models, theory, and best practice.  Development of guidelines & tools
  • Make better decisions about, monitor and evaluate DSM research and projects/programmes with sensitivity to different contexts and to their own role and position.  Case-studies (in the areas of building retrofits, smart metering, SME, transport) and inventory of context factors influencing effectiveness of DSM programmes.

At a glance

Projectwebpage: IEA DSM Task 24

Participating instituts and centres:


  • Austria, Belgium, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, UK



Financing: Federal Office of Energy (BFE)

Duration: completed, 2012 - 2014