Theme 1

Improving domestic energy efficiency

Rio de Janeiro, Favelas © Alobos Life / Flickr

Rio de Janeiro, Favelas © Alobos Life / Flickr

Context

While alarming, the current energy crisis in Brazil creates an unprecedented opportunity to create solutions around business models, services, products, hardware and software that increase the efficiency of urban energy and water resources in an open, collaborative and multidisciplinary manner.

Challenges:

  1. How can we use the data to help consumers make better decisions about the real-time energy consumption?

  2. How can we expand access to information to enable consumers to make informed choices in selecting appliances and building materials?

  3. How can we offer energy audits in an accessible form to residential and commercial consumers (and the government)?

  4. How can we offer incentives to customers to change their consumption behavior?

  5. How can we build solutions to impact the consumer?

  6. How can we enable the monitoring of appliances in a more efficient way to save energy?

  7. How can we develop effective communication strategies to disseminate information on efficient appliances and appliances?


Theme 2

Reduction of water use through EFFICIENcy measures 

 © World Bank

 © World Bank

Context

The change in consumer behavior and adoption of new technologies, equipment, and appliances will reduce water consumption for domestic use; consuming less water will, in turn, reduce the water bill.  In addition, the reduction of water consumption of each person will yield more available drinking water for all users in the system  - something which is important for better living standards and economic growth.

Challenges

  1. How can we reduce domestic and municipal water consumption?

  2. How can we use data to help consumers make informed decisions about the collection and use of water?

  3. How can we offer incentives to customers to change their water consumption behavior?

  4. How can we create a disruptive market intervention to encourage the efficient use of water?

  5. How can we allow the use and monitoring of more efficient appliances to reduce water consumption?