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Warsaw City Lab: how habits and behaviours impact energy use at the city level

Working with households to better understand how habits and behavioural changes can help Warsaw improve efficiency of energy use

City Lab research led by: the City of Warsaw and Kozminsky University

Our context

Warsaw is the capital and the largest city in Poland. The population of the greater metropolitan area is about 3.1 million.

Warsaw implements many projects – including in the field of energy transition – aimed at the mitigation of climate change.

Through its Green City Action Plan, the city has created a long-term sustainable development plan, with the goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and achieve climate neutrality in the city by 2050 at the latest.

Warsaw involves citizens in relevant municipal decision-making. During the first edition of Warsaw Civic Panel on Climate Change, which took place in November 2020, 80 randomly selected citizens voted for 49 recommendations related to energy efficiency and climate. All these recommendations will be implemented by the City of Warsaw in the coming years.

Warsaw helps its citizens to protect the environment through subsidies for retention reservoirs and devices, installation of renewable energy sources, as well as for replacement of obsolete stoves and boilers on solid fuel.

City Lab Description

The City of Warsaw aims to make energy use more visible and better understood. The City Lab will focus specifically on ways to reduce energy consumption in households and in everyday life.

The City Lab aims to involve residents in creating energy innovations. Energy consumption and indoor conditions of 12 households in Warsaw are being measured. Participants are being guided by the contractor and by SONNET partners, given advice on energy use in support of them changing everyday habits and behaviours to improve energy efficiency.

In a first stage, the residents will have equipment installed in their households to measure energy consumption, as well as factors that impact indoor climate, such as carbon dioxide concentration, humidity, and temperature. In a next step, residents will receive recommendations on how to use less energy. The last phase of the project will involve analytical work – the research team will process the collected data and present their conclusions and solutions.

Thanks to the data and other information collected during the City Lab, we hope to learn how to use less energy in homes on a city-wide scale.

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