EU countries agreed on a mandatory target to reduce electricity consumption by 5% at peak hours and measures to cut gas demand ahead of the winter in order to face the energy crisis. In France, the Government launched in October a so-called energy sufficiency plan with the objective of reducing consumption by 10% in 2 years. This calls for two remarks to be made:
In the Paris region, AREC has initiated a long-term reflection on energy sufficiency since 2019, targeted towards local authorities with the objective of building a desirable sufficiency. A study on the public image of energy sufficiency led to the elaboration of a serious game that will be used in a support process to help local authorities in the creation and implementation of their energy-sufficiency strategies.
IMAGINAIRG’Y is a workshop kit developed for local authorities which proposes to mobilise imaginations to envisage new actions in favour of energy sufficiency with the contribution of all stakeholders. By projecting ourselves into two speculative futures (The Great Renunciation & Climate Justice), we are invited to invent the measures, solutions, and other initiatives that have made it possible to achieve acceptable and popular energy sufficiency in each of these futures. This will suppose that local authorities will have to work on their history, their cultural heritage, the geographical characteristics in order to imagine a new and positive storytelling.
Highlighting best practices in the region through workshops, sensitization events, and site visits is the second axis of AREC’s works. This allowed the institute to carry out the regional energy sufficiency overview map. It shows several examples of:
Dimensional sufficiency: The correct dimensioning of facilities in relation to their conditions of use (the use of vehicles adapted in weight, volume, and power to the use of local and inter-urban travel);
(Management of) Uses sufficiency: The proper use of equipment with a view to reducing consumption (the speed limit on the road). This one is often linked to sensitization and training.
Collaborative sufficiency: The mutualisation of equipment and of their use (car-sharing formulas or encouraging coworking premises).
Structural sufficiency: Creating, in the organisation of space or within our activities, the conditions for moderation in our consumption (for instance: land use planning that aims to tackle the distances travelled to work, to shops, or to increase walking and cycling).