The involvement of citizens and energy communities (energy citizenship) is seen as a key pillar in the energy transition. Citizens interact with the technical energy systems; they are both subject and object of social innovation in the energy society and are emerging economic actors in the energy markets. However, how to design and optimise energy policies that enable all citizens to take an active role in accelerating the energy transition, is still unclear. Also, the assessment of the potential impacts of energy citizenship and how to design and optimise energy policies that enable all citizens to take an active role in accelerating the energy transition, are still under defined.
mySMARTLife, together with further smart cities projects, will contribute on the workshop on "Energy citizenship in new energy concepts - the importance of citizen engagement" organised at the Sustaonable Places 2021 (28.09.-01.10.2021 in Rome, Italy and online).
This workshop aims at presenting and discussing the methods, strategies and expected impacts for citizen engagement applied in six different research and innovation projects in the area of Positive Energy districts. The workshop aims at finding a common definition of energy citizenship and explore how important citizen engagement really is for the success of new energy concepts. Also discussed will be the question of how to assess and compare the impact of citizen engagement strategies across projects.