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Governance practices in the transition to a low-carbon future

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Published 13.07.2018

Governance practices as well as obstacles for the public acceptability of low-carbon policies took center stage when researchers met with stakeholders in two fruitful workshops mid-June. Reports from the project will be out soon!

Europe is at a crossroads in its transition towards a sustainable energy system, which aims to address challenges related to climate change, high levels of pollution and growing energy security concerns.

On 13-14 June 2018 the Center for the Study of Democracy held a stakeholder workshop on governance practices in the transition to a low-carbon future with representatives from government agencies, research institutions and universities and business associations from across the EU and beyond.

The workshop was organised within the framework of the ENABLE.EU project and aimed at discussing with relevant stakeholders governance practices and quality of governance as drivers or obstacles for the public acceptability of the low-carbon energy transition in the areas of heating and cooling and prosumer practices.

The participants discussed seven areas of governance bottlenecks and obstacles for the public acceptability of low-carbon policies, as well as measures and possible solutions with regard to:

  • Energy efficiency and prosumer practices in households;
  • Energy poverty and the high cost of investment for RES installations;
  • Costly administrative procedures and/or improper taxation;
  • Low institutional administrative and professional capacity, especially at the regional/local level;
  • A lack of strategic thinking and political commitment;
  • The dominant position of incumbents in energy systems and policy;
  • The low level of awareness and lack of transparency.

Moreover, a two-day Transition Visioning Workshop was held on 14-15 June 2018 in Sofia, Bulgaria with 60 participants from 10 countries. Interactive work in small groups allowed all participants to speak and share their knowledge.

Taking into consideration the targets set by Europe 2020 and the Energy Union Initiative, the workshop addressed the following questions:

  • What are the desired end results or functions of energy practices?
  • What are the emerging actions and practices that are considered marginal but could shape our energy behaviours in the future?
  • What are the most promising actions related to technologies, policies, and behavioural changes that will have the highest impact on individual and collective energy practices in the future?

The full report will soon be published on this page.