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In the frame of its « Energy savings: Hurry up, It’s warming up! » campaign on climate change and energy savings, ADEME organizes a wide Web-based debate on energy demand management (EDM). It aims at:

  • Enabling citizens to express their views on the domains in which energy demand management can progress and to explain what limits the efficiency of the present actions.
  • Deriving proposals for actions and public policies from the expressed views and submitting them to a further open debate.

The debate will proceed from 6 March 2007 to the Summer 2007. It will also address energy savings and efficiency, as well as renewable energy.

The greater part of this debate will be conducted on the Web, as to make possible for a large number of people to express their views on stakes and priorities. Citizens and experts will also be able to conduct a dialogue through face to face work sessions in which proposals will be elaborated from view points expressed on the Web. Web users will be able to comment and evaluate these proposals in the final phase of the debate.

Expected outcome

The outcome of the EDM will consist in a set of proposals and possible policy orientations, together with a synthesis of the views expressed on the Internet on the conditions for implementing these proposals and policy approaches. Organizers and partners of the debate will be able to draw on these proposasl, each having been evaluated by Web participants regarding its acceptability and conditions for its successful implementation.

A pluralist, open and constructive debate

The EDM debate must make possible for all views on energy management to be expressed, in respect of the pluralism of opinions, and through modalities that favour a constructive debate. See (in French) the debate charter and moderation rules for additional information on what is put in place to guarantee it.


See (in French) the presentation of themes that lists the questions submitted to the debate. Other themes will appear during the debate and will be reflected in its cartography. See the debate map for a regularly updated and interactive view of what is debated.


Through the MDE debate, citizens will be able to contribute and dialogue with experts in a process organised in 3 acts, alternating on-line and face-to-face exchanges. See (in French) the process description page for more information.

Organization and operators

ADEME : expertize, communication and funding
Centre de Sociologie de l’Innovation de l’ENSMP : independent evaluation in the frame of the PhD thesis of Nicolas Benvegnu, in partnership with EDF R&D
Sopinspace : technical implementation and facilitation
See the full partner list.

For more information

  • ADEME, Yves Leers (Direction de la communication) et Laurent Morice (Service valorisation de l’information et des connaissances) +33 147 65 20 00
  • Sopinspace : Philippe Aigrain / Philippe Bourlitio +33 155 28 37 60
  • CSI / ENSMP : Nicolas Benvegnu + 331 40 51 93 03