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Enabling the Energy Union through understanding the drivers of individual and collective energy choices in Europe

Objective

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. ENABLE.EU aims to also strengthen the knowledge base for energy transition patterns by analysing existing public participation mechanisms, energy cultures, social mobilisation, scientists’ engagement with citizens. Gender issues and concerns regarding energy vulnerability and affluence will be given particular attention. 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 created by Cambridge Econometrics and used extensively by DG Energy. 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.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/economics/econometrics
  • /social sciences/economics and business/economics/macroeconomics
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels/renewable energy

Call for proposal

H2020-LCE-2016-RES-CCS-RIA
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

ISTITUTO DI STUDI PER L'INTEGRAZIONE DEI SISTEMI (I.S.I.S) - SOCIETA'COOPERATIVA
Address
Via Sistina 42
00187 Roma
Italy
Activity type
Other
EU contribution
€ 499 617,78

Participants (11)

NOTRE EUROPE - INSTITUT JACQUES DELORS
France
EU contribution
€ 486 125
Address
18 Rue De Londres
75009 Paris
Activity type
Other
CENTER FOR THE STUDY OF DEMOCRACY
Bulgaria
EU contribution
€ 299 656,25
Address
Alexander Zhendov Street 5
1113 Sofia
Activity type
Research Organisations
CICERO SENTER KLIMAFORSKNING STIFTELSE
Norway
EU contribution
€ 348 681,25
Address
Gaustadallèen 21
0349 Oslo
Activity type
Research Organisations
ASOCIACION BC3 BASQUE CENTRE FOR CLIMATE CHANGE - KLIMA ALDAKETA IKERGAI
Spain
EU contribution
€ 344 562,50
Address
Edificio 1 Planta 1 Parque Cientifico De Upv/ehu Barrio Sarriena
48940 Leioa
Activity type
Research Organisations
CAMBRIDGE ECONOMETRICS LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 180 341,16
Address
Covent Garden
CB1 2HT Cambridge
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
REKK ENERGIAPIACI TANACSADO KFT
Hungary
EU contribution
€ 276 312,50
Address
Kubikos U 18
1116 Budapest
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EKONOMSKI INSTITUT AD BEOGRAD
Serbia
EU contribution
€ 97 230
Address
Kralja Milana 16
11000 Beograd
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
WESTFAELISCHE WILHELMS-UNIVERSITAET MUENSTER
Germany
EU contribution
€ 336 600
Address
Schlossplatz 2
48149 Muenster
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
CENTRE FOR GLOBAL STUDIES STRATEGY XXI
Ukraine
EU contribution
€ 95 687,50
Address
Podil City District Shchekavytska Str 51 Off 26
04071 Kyiv
Activity type
Other
POLSKI INSTYTUT SPRAW MIEDZYNARODOWYCH
Poland
EU contribution
€ 142 062,50
Address
Warecka 1A
00 950 Warszawa
Activity type
Research Organisations
LONDON SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS AND POLITICAL SCIENCE
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 230 539,81
Address
Houghton Street 1
WC2A 2AE London
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments