“THE ENERGY TRANSITION IN TIMES LIKE THESE”
14th June 2022
The recent period of the pandemic, high energy prices, energy insecurity, and climate emergency have tested the capacity of regions and their regional/local energy agencies to respond to evolving demand. This workshop focused on exploring questions such as:
The Energy Efficiency Watch 4 project has been studying how enabling narratives work, what makes them tick and how can regions and energy agencies use them to reach their climate and energy goals. The workshop confronted the data and insight collected through the EEW4 project EU survey as well as the 10 case studies, to the on-the-ground experience of regions and energy agencies from across Europe in order to further test the narrative methodology developed within the project.
The brainstorming exercises focused on placing the current services and operations of energy agencies and regions within the current contexts, analysing existing narratives and related toolboxes, and asses their required/feasible evolution and adjustment to current contexts and objectives.
The event’s objective was to embed the “narrative” know-how of EEW4 within the fabric and operations of regions and energy agencies, with particular consideration given to the adaptation of narratives to the current energy crisis as well as to the “Climate Neutrality” new paradigm. Multiple implications of the current crisis were considered:
For most participants there’s a booming demand of support from energy users; funding also is more available. Some organisations are looking at framing the energy transition as an economic survival strategy. All participants are confronted with 3 main challenges:
This exercise was particularly effective as it enabled to test the EEW4 preliminary narratives and understanding on how they emerge and adapt to contexts. This was a highly interactive workshop with the active participation of all the regions and agency representatives present. 47 participants from 30 regions in Europe participated in the workshop.