COBHAM – The role of consumer behaviour and heterogeneity in the integrated assessment of energy and climate policies

COBHAM’s objective is to quantify the role of consumers’ behaviour on the design and assessment of policies aimed at enhancing energy efficiency and conservation and at promoting climate change mitigation.

60 months from 01/08/2014 to 31/07/2019
Funded by
  • European Research Council FP7-ERC-StG-2013

Coordinating organization
  • Politecnico di Milano

CMCC Scientific Leader

General aims

Analyse the behaviour of the consumer with regards the consumption of energy, and apply the principle of behavioural economics to assess the efficacy of energy efficiency policies.


Second Beneficiary

Expected results

The project seeks to:

  • Carry out innovative research in the theoretical understanding of the interplay between behavioral tendencies and environmental externalities;
  • Generate new empirical data and research on individual preferences by means of original surveys and controlled experiments;
  • Enhance integrated assessment models (IAMs) of economy, energy and climate with an advanced representation of consumers’ behavior.

In doing so, the project will be able to provide a richer characterization of energy demand and of greenhouse gas emission scenarios, to better estimate consumers’ responsiveness to energy and climate policies, and to provide input to the design of new policy instruments aimed at influencing energy and environmental sustainable behavior.

  • Developing of novel theoretical models which can account for behavioral tendencies;
  • Empirical analysis and validation through complementary techniques: surveys, controlled lab experiments and a Randomized Field experiment;
  • Calibration of Integrated Assessment Models to reality and expansion of the state of the art of Integrated Assessment Modeling;
  • Outreach and dissemination activities: innovative research; publications in the peer reviewed literature; presentations, events and networks; workshops and conference.

  • CMCC - Euro-Mediterranean Center on Climate Change

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