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.
*This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 programme under grant agreement 727524.
ENABLE.EU aims to strengthen the knowledge base for energy transition patterns by analysing existing public participation mechanisms, energy cultures, social mobilisation, scientists’ engagement with citizens. The project will also develop participatory-driven scenarios for the development of energy choices until 2050 by including the findings from the comparative sociological research in the E3ME model. The findings from the modelling exercise will feed into the formulation of strategic and policy recommendations for overcoming the gaps in the social acceptability of the energy transition and the Energy Union plan. Results will be disseminated to relevant national and EU-level actors as well as to the general public.
- Management and coordination;
- Case studies analysis;
- Dissemination and communication;
- Policy analysis;
- Participatory foresight exercise.
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 [...]
On December 6, 2018, ENABLE.EU was presented at a side event at the COP24 climate change conference in Katowice, Poland. The event brought together decision makers, environmental activists, industry representatives and scientists to discuss policy, [...]
On 19 November 2018, the ENABLE.EU team presented research related to energy practices of Europeans and the social acceptability of the energy transition at the Central European Energy Conference 2018 (CEEC XII) in Bratislava. ISINNOVA's [...]
On 13-14 June 2018, the ENABLE.EU project held a stakeholder workshop on governance practices at the Center for the Study of Democracy in Sofia, Bulgaria, to discuss Europe's transition towards a sustainable energy system. The workshop was attended by representatives from [...]
The ENABLE.EU project held a two-day Transition Visioning Workshop on 14-15 June 2018 in Sofia, Bulgaria with 60 participants from 10 countries. ISINNOVA's Carlo Sessa and Giovanna Giuffrè explained how participatory foresight can help deliver useful insights [...]