At the EU Sustainable Energy Week, ENABLE.EU will participate in a session on What makes consumers tick? Best practices and tools, which will be held on Thursday 20 June, from 9:00-10:30. This session is organised jointly with ESMIG, which represents European Smart Energy solution providers and the H2020 project START2ACT, which strives for more sustainable behaviours at start-ups and SMEs.

ENABLE.EU will be represented by Karina Standal from CICERO and Thomas Pellerin-Carlin from the Jacques Delors Institute. The first part of the EUSEW session will articulate project findings related to consumer and prosumer behaviours. Karina will present our research on how households decide to become prosumers and what role gender plays in this decision and in the use of solar PVs. In a second part of the session, Thomas Pellerin-Carlin will moderate a panel session on the best tools and practices that can be deployed to help consumers to adopt more sustainable behaviours.

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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.