Energy citizenship: Must or myth? The impact of citizen participation on local energy systems

Thursday September 8th, 2022 | 9h - 12:15h | Workshop | Hybrid

The involvement of citizens and energy communities (energy citizenship) is seen as a key pillar in the energy  transition. Citizens interact with the technical, economical, and social energy systems; they are both subject  and object of social innovation in the energy society and are emerging economic actors in the energy  markets. However, how to design and optimize energy policies that enable different levels of citizen’s  participation in accelerating the energy transition, is still unclear. Also, the assessment of the potential  impacts of energy citizenship is still under defined. 

The workshop aimed at presenting and discussing the methods, strategies and expected impacts for citizen  engagement applied in seven different research and innovation projects in the area of Positive Energy  Districts. The workshop presented the different citizen engagement frameworks, models and strategies, their  impact and lessons learned, and explored how important citizen engagement really is for the success of new  energy concepts. Also discussed was the question of how to assess and compare the impact of citizen  engagement strategies across projects. 

Participating projects (ATELIER, +CityxChange, ENERGE, MakingCityPocityf , Bright).

Session Chairs: Sander Smit, R2M Solution

Topics discussed included:

  • Conceptual Models for Mapping Citizen Engagement Strategies – Manuel Aires de Matos and Bianca Banica,  POCITYF  
  • CommunityxChange as a toolkit for empowered energy citizenship – The +CityxChange approach, Helena  Fitzgerald, +CityxChange  
  • Practical experiences with applied research on energy citizenship in positive energy districts – Mark van  Wees, ATELIER 
  • Energy citizenship in secondary schools: context literacy in taking personal and collective actions – Natalia  Romero Herrera, ENERGE  
  • Citizen engagement strategies and tools for district approaches in the energy transition – Cyril  Tjahja and Beril Balpagut, Making-City
  • Tenant engagement strategies – how to develop participation and communication strategies with and for  tenants, Joke Kort, POCITYF  
  • Citizen and consumer engagement in the development of Demand – Response instruments, Joke Kort and  Annemarie Mink, BRIGHT
  • “Sustainable Energy Communities” A UNESCO outlook in SD programmes for the promotion of clean energy use and production – Marco Raugi, UNESCO

Video recordings (no audio)

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