In the transformation of the energy system, citizens are becoming increasingly important as engaged, involved and shaping participants. This role of participatory energy consumers is reflected in the term "energy citizen". ENCLUDE supports the EU on the way to a just and solidarity-based decarbonisation path. The EU project aims to share new knowledge and motivate the broadest possible population to contribute to the energy transition.
The transdisciplinary project will create a typology of the energy citizenship concept for diverse communities of citizens by investigating on-the-ground case studies of existing decarbonization activities. For the first time, insights about who is affected by energy citizenship and how this concept might affect decarbonization pathways will be incorporated into agent-based models and integrated assessment models. The research aims to therefore operationalize the energy citizenship concept at multiple scales of policy and decision making.
Through the creation of the ENCLUDE Academy for Energy Citizen Leadership, new knowledge about energy citizenship, opportunities for the energy transition, along with strategies for collaborative decision making and joint problem framing will be shared with citizens and NGOs across the EU. The aim is to help mobilize actions for decarbonisation, including communities who normally do not or are not able to participate in these civic processes.
The Kick-Off Meeting for the Horizon 2020 project "Energy Citizens for Inclusive Decarbonization" (ENCLUDE) was held online on June 10 and June 14, 2021, and we were happy to meet all our partners!
Holistic will be the main contributor to the Synthesis, Dissemination, Communication, and Exploitation activities of the project.
We will also be contributing to
- Contextualizing the emergence and consolidation of energy citizenship
- Identification of citizens’ clusters for decarbonization
- Creation of action-based training modules for future ENCLUDE energy citizen leaders
- Creation of a "playbook" for collaborative decision-making in energy citizenship