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BUILD UP Webinar Recordings | HERON – Decision Support Tool

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BUILD UP Webinar Recordings | HERON – Decision Support Tool

An innovative way of incorporating end-users behaviour in energy efficiency policy making.


Tuesday 14 November 2017, 10:00 a.m. Brussels time (CET)


We know that incorporating actual end-users behavioural barriers into energy modeling is difficult – but did you know that this problem has been addressed and solved by the HERON project? 


The webinar addressed stakeholders who:

  • want to learn about an innovative tool that incorporates end-users behaviour into Energy Efficiency scenarios development;
  • are interested in learning how to use it, from the developer team, and even further;
  • want to know how to move from a theoretical optimum scenario to a realistic preferable one.

The Horizon 2020 project HERON is a “Forward-looking socio-economic research on Energy Efficiency in EU countries” which aims to facilitate policy makers of multi-level governance in EU, and to develop and monitor energy efficiency policies in building and transport sectors, by incorporating end-users behaviour into policy scenarios. Six EU countries (Bulgaria, Estonia, Germany, Greece, Italy and United Kingdom) and one candidate (Serbia) followed a pathway developed by the project, including the development of the innovative HERON Decision Support Tool (DST) that converts qualitative information into quantitative data, proving the deviation from targets when behavioural barriers are included, in order to end up to comparable national results and to policy recommendations for the adoption of energy efficient measures.




  • HERON: a forward-looking socio-economic research on Energy Efficiency in EU countries | Prof. Dimitrios Mavrakis, Coordinator
  • HERON – DST: a user-friendly tool; methodology and use | Dr. Popi Konidari
  • Q&A
  • HERON – DST outcomes in energy scenarios; how to incorporate results and improve scenarios | Eleni-Danai Mavraki
  • Comparative analysis on HERON research outcomes; barriers, technologies and policies | Aliki-Nefeli Mavraki
  • Q&A


HOW TO VIEW: Each presentation or Q&A session in the agenda is a separate video within an integrated playlist. You may watch the whole webinar from start to end, skip videos by clicking on >|, or click on PLAYLIST and jump straight to the video you want.



Speaker Biographies


Professor Dimitrios Mavrakis, Director of KEPA, is the coordinator of HERON project and Leader of the KEPA team that developed the HERON – DST. He is the chief editor of the “Energy View of the BSEC countries”, the “Euro-Asian Journal of Sustainable Energy Development Policy”, the worldwide disseminated “PROMITHEAS newsletter” and chairman of the annual international scientific conference on “Energy and Climate Change”. His main studies and activities are related with energy geopolitics, development of regional energy markets, energy interconnections, transcontinental energy corridors, design of climate policy instruments, exploration of interactions between climate policy tools, development and assessment of mitigation/adaptation policy mixtures. 


Dr. Popi Konidari, Head of the Climate Change Policy Group (CCPG) of KEPA, has a M.Sc in environmental physics and a M.Sc in electronic automatisms, while her PhD thesis concerned the development of the multi-criteria evaluation method, AMS, for climate change policy instruments. Outcome of her work under the HERON Horizon2020 project is the development of the methodology for the HERON-DST. She is working as a senior researcher at KEPA on climate change policy and is a reviewer at the journals “Energy Policy”, “International Journal of Sustainable Energy” and “Omega, The International Journal of Management Science”.


Eleni-Danai Mavraki, MSc., holds a degree of Project Management and a M.Sc. on International Business and Trainee Certification on LEAP energy tool. She is the scientific expert responsible for the structure of the national dataset needed in the H2020 R&I project HERON and user of "AMS multi-criteria evaluation method of climate change policy measures" and "HERON – Decision Support Tool". Ms. Mavraki is a TAIEX expert for the Environment and Climate Regional Accession Network (ECRAN) program and, a LEAP tool modeling trainer, for national and regional scenarios and policy mixtures, including energy and climate change measures.


Aliki-Nefeli Mavraki, MSc., holds a degree on Business Administration and a M.Sc in Energy Management. Specialized in climate change issues with emphasis on mitigation and adaptation policy portfolios development (models, scenarios) and assessment, the last 2 years has been working on Energy Efficiency barriers in buildings & transport linked with the end-users behavior. She is a certified LEAP software user and user of HERON - DST and currently member of Climate Change Policy Group (CCPG) in NKUA- KEPA.



The original announcement for this event can be found here.


Webinar organisers: BUILD UP and HERON project.