What influences people’s energy use, and how can we ensure that the transition to low-carbon energy is driven by citizens?
These were the questions at the heart of the ENABLE.EU transition practice workshop, which took place on 29-30 November in Rome. Sixty households from across Europe came to the workshop to discuss their current energy practices and their ideas for the future on prosumption, mobility, heating & cooling and energy efficiency. Workshops were held on their current practices, as well as what they imagine their daily practices will be in the future. The participants also talked about what they need from policy makers in order to make the energy transition a reality.
The Energy Union Framework Strategy laid out on 25 February 2015 has embraced a citizens-oriented energy transition based on a low-carbon transformation of the energy system. The success of the energy transition pillar in the Energy Union will hinge upon the social acceptability of the necessary reforms and on the public engagement in conceptualizing, planning, and implementing low carbon energy transitions. The ENABLE.EU project will aim to define the key determinants of individual and collective energy choices in three key consumption areas – transportation, heating & cooling, and electricity – and in the shift to prosumption (users-led initiatives of decentralised energy production and trade). The project will also investigate the interrelations between individual and collective energy choices and their impact on regulatory, technological and investment decisions. The analysis will be based on national household and business surveys in 11 countries, as well as research-area-based comparative case studies.
The ENABLE.EU project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 programme under grant agreement 727524.