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Designing socially responsible heat grids

Social Psychology

Eliminating natural gas use from the built environment and replacing it with sustainable heating systems is vital in reaching our CO2 reduction targets. However, critical stakeholders are reluctant towards accepting innovative heating systems. (Semi)public actors question whether the benefits can legitimate investments and end-users are hesitant towards (collective) systems that may inhibit their freedom of choice: fairness and acceptability play key roles. This project studies to what extent these concerns, particularly related to fairness, can be mitigated. This project focuses on integrating technical and institutional designs, and explores an empirical treatment of fairness and acceptability and its translation to acceptable sustainable heating systems.

Main project

This project is part of project "Acceptability of a sustainable energy transition".

Researchers and partners

Behavioural and Social Sciences, Psychology
University of Groningen, outside of Behavioural and Socials Sciences
Partners outside of the University of Groningen
  • Bert van Wee - Delft University of Technology
  • Ibo van de Poel - Delft University of Technology
  • Niek Mouter - Delft University of Technology
  • Paulien Herder - Delft University of Technology
  • Jan Peter van der Hoek - Delft University of Technology
  • Zofia Lukszo - Delft Unievrsity of Technology

Results

Successful grant proposals and other achievements
  • NWO-MVI grant

University's focus areas

  • Energy
  • Sustainable Society

More information

  • http://www.nwo.nl/onderzoek-en-resultaten/onderzoeksprojecten/i/62/28062.html
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