29 April 2020, 10:00 - 16:00

Designing inclusive energy futures


Do you care about designing inclusive energy futures? Then apply (by 23 April) for the chance to be selected to join an expert e-workshop on the future of energy inclusiveness.


Are you interested in the inclusiveness of collective energy production and consumption? Do you want to learn more about energy inclusiveness, discuss your practical challenges or share your knowledge with peers & experts in the field? Then the upcoming e-workshop is for you.

The association Eco-union and the Dutch Research Institute for Transitions (DRIFT – Erasmus University) are organising an international workshop on the futures of energy inclusiveness for prosumers – actors who both produce and consume energy.

Energy cooperatives, energy communities, local governments and other not-for-profit organisations have the potential to thrive by including communities and local citizens. However, this is not an easy task and there are exclusionary tendencies that must first be detected.

In this workshop a select international group of practitioners and policymakers will be brought together to discuss topics like: energy poverty, energy commons, energy & gender, energy literacy and the inclusiveness of organisational models. This will all take place in a highly interactive setting, in which discussions will be supported by innovative methodologies, like backcasting and visioning. Participants can expect an inspirational session including critical thinking and mutual learning, and insights that provide perspective and leverage to push for more inclusive energy futures all over Europe.

Who are we looking for? The workshop is designed for practitioners, policy makers and government representatives. 

Building a roadmap The aim of the session is to build a roadmap for 2030: where do we want the future of energy inclusiveness to go and what obstacles need to be overcome to get there?  We anticipate linking these insights to the national implementation process of the Renewable Energy Directive legislation, which is taking shape across Europe in 2020. Questions that will be discussed include:

  • What does a desirable energy future look like for prosumers? Who will benefit, and who runs the risk to be left behind?
  • Which (structural, social, economic, educational, etc.) conditions need to change in order to get there?
  • Which role can energy communities, energy agencies, NGOs, local governments or intermediate organisations play?

More information? A workshop programme will be shared once you are confirmed as a participant. This workshop is part of the EU-funded Horizon 2020 PROSEU project. For more information visit www.proseu.eu

Time, location & date The e-workshop will take place from 10:00-16:00 CET on 29th April 2020. We will meet in a virtual space via Zoom

How to apply? Apply by filling out this form, no later than Thursday, 23 April 2020. Select participants will hear whether they have been selected on Friday, 24 April

Questions? If you have any questions regarding the workshop or the wildcard application, email Fabi van Berkel at vanberkel@drift.eur.nl

Please find a short backdround document about the e-workshop here.