EU puts citizens in the center of the energy transition

In order to reach the ambitious challenges of the European Union’s Green Deal and the Paris Agreement – to make Europe the first carbon-neutral continent by 2050 – swift action, involving a broad range of actors, is needed. DIALOGUES, funded under the Horizon 2020 programme, is meant to facilitate just that.

Energy Union

Since the 2009 commitment to create an internal Energy Union, the EU and its member states have made significant progress with the digitalization of the energy sector, the advancement of energy innovation and technologies, energy efficiency improvements, and the continuous shift towards renewable energy sources.

Energy citizenship

DIALOGUES is aligned with this strategy. The project is based on the concept of Energy Citizenship – the degree and ways in which the goal of a sustainable energy transition enters the everyday life of a citizen, and is also harmonized with the EU’s four strategic objectives (decarbonising buildings, renewables uptake, energy storage, and sustainable mobility).

Citizen Action Labs

The goal of the project is to promote inclusivity in Energy Citizenship. DIALOGUES achieves this by paying particular attention to how the transition will impact groups differently, depending on their gender, socio-economic status, and ethnicity, among others. In the course of the project duration – 36 months – there are several planned actions including 9 Citizen Action Labs in 8 countries that will put citizens at the core of the innovation process.

These events will combine different robust methods and techniques to motivate, encourage, and inspire participants to reflect on their current energy citizenship identity, envision future energy scenarios, and explore enhanced roles of individuals in the energy transition.

Consortium

The DIALOGUES consortium consists of 13 partners, 9 academic partners, 1 SME and 3 NGOs. It covers institutions from all across Europe – Norway, Austria, Germany, Bulgaria, Portugal, Italy, Greece, Canada and Turkey – and will foster deep, multilateral exchanges with 72 supporting organizations in 13 nations. The project will last until May 2024.

To know more about DIALOGUES, visit the project’s website at https://www.dialoguesproject.eu/

Written by: editors Smart City Hub
Header image: William Mead

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