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EEDAL 2015 : 8th International Conference on Energy Efficiency in Domestic Appliances and Lighting


When Aug 26, 2015 - Aug 28, 2015
Where Lucerne, Switzerland
Submission Deadline Oct 24, 2014
Notification Due Nov 28, 2014
Final Version Due Feb 20, 2015
Categories    residencial appliances   consumer electronics   climate change   energy efficiency

Call For Papers

8th International Conference on Energy Efficiency in
Domestic Appliances and Lighting

26-28 August 2015
Lucerne, Switzerland

Citizens and households are responsible for a large share of global energy and electricity consumption and the related greenhouse gas emissions into the atmosphere. Residential energy demand is also increasing, due to a higher degree of basic comfort and rising incomes, especially in developing countries. Larger homes, new services, new appliances and equipment (in particular information and communications technology, ICT) are putting a strain on economies and energy
infrastructures, although the rate of growth has fallen in many developed countries.

Energy efficiency improvements in residential appliances, heating and cooling equipment, ICT equipment and lighting can play a key role in achieving a sustainable energy future and socio-economic development, and at the same time mitigate climate change. Energy efficiency measures related to residential appliances, heating equipment and lighting are in most cases highly cost-effective CO2 emission reduction actions, and offer good opportunity to increase the security and reliability of energy supply. In developing countries efficient residential appliances and lighting are vital to reduce household energy costs, to improve living conditions while reducing local pollution. In addition to technical progress on efficiency, large energy savings and carbon reduction can only be achieved with a paradigmatic change in consumer behaviour in the context of purchase and usage patterns of energy using products. These changes must be aided by “smart” product design providing automatic optimisation of energy and water use, integration with smarter energy
networks and readily accessible feedback to the consumer to catalyse optimum usage patterns.

These themes are echoed in a growing number of policy commitments and in strategies calling for action at local, regional, national and global levels. The challenge, now, is to ensure market, policy, trade and information barriers do not impede the timely development, delivery and proper use of energy efficient residential equipment, resulting in a missed opportunity for climate change mitigation, security of energy supply and socio-economic development, particularly considering the present global economy. Last, but not least, the consumer must accept these changes and not misuse energy saving on one side by energy consumption for other purposes.

In addition, smart appliances and equipment, smart meters and communication protocols, allow households to be a key part of the smart grids, and help balance grid-wide and local storage, load flexibility and renewable generation capabilities.

The international community of stakeholders dealing with residential appliances, equipment, metering and lighting (including manufacturers, retailers, consumers, governments, international organisations and agencies, academia and experts) have already gathered seven times at the International Conference on Energy Efficiency in Domestic Appliances and Lighting (EEDAL) (Florence 1997, Naples 2000, Turin 2003, London 2006, Berlin 2009, Copenhagen 2011, Coimbra 2013) to discuss the progress achieved in technologies, behavioural aspects and policies, and the strategies that need to be implemented to further progress this important work.

The previous EEDAL conferences have been very successful in attracting an international audience, representing a wide variety of stakeholders involved in policy implementation and development, as well as the manufacturing and promotion of energy efficient residential appliances and lighting. The EEDAL conference has established itself as an influential and recognised international event where
participants can discuss the latest developments, establish synergies and build international partnerships among stakeholders.

Following the success of the previous EEDAL conferences, the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts – iHomeLab and the European Commission Joint Research Centre, are pleased to announce:

the 8th International Conference on Energy Efficiency in Domestic Appliances and Lighting – EEDAL’15
26-28 August 2015
Lucerne, Switzerland

EEDAL'15 will provide a unique forum to discuss and debate the latest developments in energy and environmental impact of residential appliances and lighting, heating and cooling equipment, ITC equipment, smart appliances, smart meters , consumer behaviour, the policies and programmes adopted and planned, as well as the technical and commercial advances in the dissemination and penetration of
technologies and solutions, particularly: energy efficient residential appliances, consumer electronics and ICT, heating and cooling equipment and lighting.

The three-day conference will include plenary sessions where key representatives of governments and international organisations, manufacturers and academia will present their views and programmes to advance energy efficiency in residential appliances and lighting, for example, through international co-operation on product information and eco-design requirements. Parallel sessions on specific themes and topics will allow in-depth discussions among participants. The conference will also host ad-hoc workshops to review and advance international collaboration and will provide opportunities strengthen existing and promote new initiatives and partnerships.

Call for Abstracts
To contribute to the success of the conference and to facilitate the adoption of new energy efficient technologies, a change in consumer behaviour, and the development of new policies and strategies to increase energy efficiency, to mitigate climate change and to foster sustainable development, we invite you to participate in the conference and the debates and to submit abstracts on the following topics. Papers can focus on polices, programmes including monitoring, evaluation and
international collaboration, smart grids, smart homes and smart metering, new technology developments and user behaviour. All papers shall address new and original developments. For the sessions on technologies, in particular only papers focusing on new advanced solutions will be considered, in addition papers shall not be of commercial nature. Some potential topics for papers are listed below; other suitable paper topics that meet the above criteria will also be considered.

Topics related to Consumer Behaviour, Polices and Programmes:
1. Opportunities for International Co-operation: focusing on where international co-operation is helpful or necessary to drive innovation and competition: on proposed or new initiatives, policy measures and programmes and on specific issues such as standardisation, harmonisation, test methods convergence, implementation and compliance, and benchmarking
2. Climate Change: impact of appliances, lighting and residential programmes, potential of clean development mechanism (CDM), joint implementation (JI), green investment scheme (GIS), carbon credits, and other funding mechanisms. Switching to low carbon fuels and decarbonisation of the residential sector.
3. Lifestyles and Consumer Behaviour: looking ahead at how demand for new products and services is developing; exploring the scope for changes in consumer behaviour by fostering sufficiency and a change in life style. Influence of social networks towards a more sustainable behaviour.
4. Focus on Developing Countries and Economies in Transition: different approaches and strategies, policy framework, institutional aspects, capacity building needs, establishment of testing labs, new international partnerships.
5. Strategies for Increasing Efficiency: new policy tools, consensus building, voluntary vs. mandatory approaches, policy analysis and evaluation, stimulating innovation (nationally and internationally), new programmes and barrier analysis, strategy development, priority setting, monitoring and review.
6. Standards and Labels (mandatory, voluntary, endorsement label and quality marks): design of and evaluation of programmes, impact of programmes, engineering and statistical analysis, the importance of compliance and enforcement, searchable databases, implementation of the EU Eco-Design Directive for Energy Related Products and EU labelling Directives, the EU labelling scheme, top runners, ENERGY STAR, international harmonisation initiatives. The use of labels to communicate related concepts such as ‘smartness’ or ‘connectedness’.
7. Measurement Methods and International Harmonisation: role of international standardisation bodies, harmonisation of test methods as a mean of removing trade barriers, convergence of test methods, new generation of test methods for intelligent appliances and equipment, potential for harmonizing around efficiency “tiers” rather than common specifications.
8. Public and Green Procurement: policy design and evaluation, instruments, implementation, results, potential for harmonisation (within and among countries).
9. Market Transformation Programmes: programme design and implementation, promotion campaigns, advertising campaigns, tools for information and advice for multipliers and end-users, other tools to promote the market transformation.
10. End-use Metering and Home Automation: programme design, methodologies, campaign results, advanced meters, informative billing, role of home automation for saving energy.
11. Demand Response: electricity tariffs for the residential sector (time-of-use, peak time rebate, critical peak pricing, real-time pricing), automated response by “smart devices” (smart thermostats, Home Area Network devices), direct load control, programme design, programme evaluation, successful examples. The requirements and potential of bidding aggregated residential load directly into the
wholesale markets.
12. Energy Services, Energy Efficiency Funds, Demand Side Management and ESCOs: provisions of energy services, utilities' obligations, white certificates, DSM programmes, ESCOs role and potential in the residential sector, dedicated energy efficiency funds
13. Programme and Policies Monitoring & Evaluation: methods for the monitoring and evaluation of programmes and polices, indicators, benchmarking, top down and bottom-up methodologies. Evaluation of energy and carbon savings.
14. Implementation and Enforcement of Policies: market surveillance and control, testing regime, products database to help enforcement, international collaboration.
15. Non Energy Issues and Benefits: wider sustainability, including water and resources consumption, life cycle analysis and eco-design, sustainability standards, waste implications during and at end of product life, impacts on job creation, fuel poverty and innovation.
16. Financing: innovative solution for financing efficient residential building, building refurbishment, renewable energy sources, and efficient appliances and equipment, including CDMs.
17. Home and Residential Building Retrofit Programmes: selection of efficient equipment in home retrofit programme (e.g. HVAC, lighting, etc.), implementation of retrofit programmes, consumer acceptance, financing, role of installers and manufacturers.
18. Active energy efficiency: enabling buildings to not only use less electricity but allow them to consume when clean resources are available, such as wind and solar. Active energy efficiency increases the efficiency of the entire system, rather than only the building/household itself

Topics related to specific Technologies:
1. Residential Appliances/White goods (Refrigeration, Laundry, Dishwashing, Cooking): components’ efficiency, R&D and innovation, technologies, test methods, usage patterns, programmes, market trends, consumer behaviour, and the influence of product energy and resource usage feedback systems on that behaviour.
2. Residential HVAC and Water Heaters (Central Heating Boilers, Heat Pumps, Room Air-conditioners, Fans, Solar heaters), Water Heaters (gas, electric and solar), and Water Circulation Pumps: R&D and innovation, technologies, test methods, consumer behaviour, programmes, market trends, links to nondomestic markets.
3. Consumer Electronics (Televisions, Set Top Boxes, PVRs, DVDs, Audio, Digital TV services, Power Supplies, Telephony), Office Equipment1, Broadband Communication Equipment, and Low Power Modes: R&D and innovation, technologies, test methods, consumer behaviour, programmes, market trends, stand-by losses, active and low power mode, technology transfer from nondomestic market.
4. Residential Lighting (Luminaires, control systems and Light Sources): LEDs, OLEDS, CFLs, R&D and innovation, technologies, test methods, consumer behaviour, programmes, market trends, lighting usage, distribution and perception in the residential sector.
5. Motor Technologies for appliances (motors for air-conditioners, fans, washing machines, refrigerators, circulation pumps, etc.) and Motor Control Technologies (VSDs, power electronics): R&D, technologies, test methods, programmes, market trends.
6. On-site (residential) Power Generation: micro-generation, integration of renewable energy sources, electricity distribution issues for the residential sector.
7. Net Zero Energy Residential Building and positive buildings: specific HVAC equipment for passive houses (very low energy houses), integration of equipment and appliances with whole building design, passive techniques, high efficiency ventilation, renewable energy sources.
8. Smart Appliances, Home Automation, Smart Homes, and Smart Grids: smart appliances and equipment, smart meters and communication protocols, home energy management systems, households to be a key part of the smart grids, with storage and generation capabilities through renewable energies and demand response. Electrification of transport and implication for home energy systems, Domestic networks (security, automation, etc.) and their impact on energy consumption, Internet connected appliances, intelligent and advanced meters, technologies for real time pricing product energy and resource usage feedback systems using LAN communication to smart phones, tablets and PCs. Defining
and standardising ‘smartness’, Creating markets for smart appliances.

Instructions for Authors
Authors interested in submitting papers are requested to send an abstract not exceeding 400 words in length and not less than 200 words. The abstract must be in English.

Instructions for Authors for submission procedure:

1. Access the EEDAL'15 conference page in EasyCahir
2. Login to Easy Chair or register first if you don't have an account.
3. Insert the Abstract text into the field provided by EasyChair, without name or affiliation, including topic (from the list above) and keywords in the required field. Please do not attach any document!

Abstracts are due by October 24th, 2014

Conference Information
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Conference Deadlines
2014 October 24: abstracts are due to conference secretariat
2014 November 28: notification of abstracts acceptance
2015 February 20: draft papers are due to the conference secretariat
2015 May 1: reviewers’ comments will be sent to authors
2015 June 26: final papers due to the conference secretariat
2015 August 26-28: conference takes place in Lucerne, Switzerland.

About Lucerne, the EEDAL'15 venue
Lucerne (Luzern in German) is a beautiful mid-size city in the centre of Switzerland, across the lake from Altdorf. In addition to being a fine place to visit in and of itself, Lucerne is a great base from which to explore famous Swiss sites such as Mount Rigi and the Rütli Meadow and the Swiss Alps.

The first city to join the Swiss Confederation, today Lucerne is a lovely small city with a thriving tourism industry, owing mainly to its status as a gateway to Central Switzerland. The city became a center of Swiss history and legend. Tourism in Lucerne has a distinguished history dating from the mid-19th century, with Mark Twain among them. In "A Tramp Abroad" he recalls the nascent souvenir
business, and other budding examples of the tourism trade.

How to reach Lucerne
Thanks to its central location Lucerne can be reached easily from nearly every other city in Switzerland using the Swiss Federal Railway. There are hourly trains from Zurich Airport (the closest international airport) and half-hourly trains from Zurich.

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