Turku University of Applied Sciences (TUAS) is a multidisciplinary educational community of around 9300 students and 700 experts. TUAS is located in Turku, Southwest Finland, but nowadays operates globally in various research and development activities. TUAS offers Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programs in the faculties of Business, ICT and Life Sciences; Arts Academy; Technology, Environment and Business; Health and Well-being. Studies at TUAS are working life-oriented, combining theoretical studies with professional skills. TUAS also provides high quality and flexible training and consulting services for both individuals and organisations in the public and private sector.
The PLEEC work has taken place at the faculty of Technology, Environment and Business, Pedagogical modernization of higher education is one of the main focus points of TUAS via the development and implementation of multi-field innovation pedagogy with focus on Research, Development and Innovation. Strong regional, national and international partner networks support the development work of TUAS.
At TUAS, the PLEEC work has resided within the Energy and the Environment research group, which has been involved in numerous projects in the environmental and energy field. These projects have centered around energy efficiency, city planning, waste management, environmental protection, resource efficiency, renewables, energy efficient transport technologies and construction and corporate environmental responsibility. Public participation and citizen involvement as well as active stakeholder cooperation have formed a cross-cutting theme in many of these projects.
Within the PLEEC framework, TUAS has lead the work on behavior-driven energy efficiency. Main focus has been on the essential question of how to plan behavior-driven energy efficiency interventions in a city context. Together with WP5 university and city partners, TUAS has collected best practice examples of several energy efficiency interventions across Europe (Deliverable 5.1.). As the economic impacts and eco-efficiency potential of interventions is often overlooked, TUAS also performed a review of different methods and provided technical guidance on how to conduct an economic evaluation of behaviour-driven energy efficiency interventions (Deliverable 5.2.). In WP5 final report (Deliverable 5.5.), behavior-driven energy efficiency issues were analyzed further in light of current literature and recommendations provided for conducting energy efficiency interventions in mid-sized European cities. TUAS has also contributed to smart city profiles in WP2, the role of urban planning in energy efficiency in WP4, the synthesis and city action plans in WP6 as well as the dissemination activities in WP7.
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