Enabling the Energy Union through understanding the drivers of individual and collective energy choices in Europe
The ENABLE.EU project focuses on citizens-oriented energy transition to a low-carbon EU energy system. It aims to define 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 investigates the interrelations between individual and collective energy choices and their impact on regulatory, technological and investment decisions. The analysis is based on national household and business surveys in eleven countries, as well as research-based comparative case studies.
ENABLE.EU aims to strengthen the knowledge base for energy transition patterns by analysing existing public participation mechanisms, energy cultures, social mobilisation, and scientists engagement with citizens. Gender issues and concerns regarding energy vulnerability and affluence are given particular attention.
The project also develops participatory-driven scenarios for the development of energy choices until 2050 based on the E3ME model created by Cambridge Econometrics.
The project plans to feed the findings from the modelling exercise 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.