dr. G. Perlaviciute
Renewable Energy Strategies: Effective Public Engagement in Climate Policy and Energy Transition (RESPECT)
Renewable energy projects often face public resistance, especially if people feel excluded from the decision making. Public participation early in the decision-making process could lead to more socially acceptable energy projects. However, public participation is currently focused on local energy projects, while important decisions are made at macro level in policy visions, plans, and programmes. This may reduce public influence and fuel public resistance. One solution is to include public participation in macro-level decision making. Yet, little is known about how this can be done and how this would affect the acceptability of energy projects. In this project, we develop a novel, interdisciplinary approach on how to optimise public participation at all levels of decision making to reach more socially acceptable decisions.
Quantifying and Deploying Responsible Negative Emissions in Climate Resilient Pathways (NEGEM)
Besides renewable energy, other solutions are needed for the sustainable energy transition, such as carbon capture and storage. These so-called negative emission technologies remove CO2 from the atmosphere, thereby slowing climate change and its negative impacts. We study public acceptability of these often highly controversial technologies, as part of the EU-funded project “NEGEM”, led by the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland. It is a collaborative roject with scholars from other disciplines, including climate scientists from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research.
Responsible decision-making on gas
The use and production of natural gas is causing controversies, as reflected in debates about the earthquakes in the province of Groningen in the Netherlands, gas production activities at vulnerable locations, shale gas, imports from Russia, and its fossil nature. At the same time, it is advocated that gas can play an important role in the sustainable energy transition and new developments are being introduced in the gas sector, such as green gas and power-to-gas. It is a societal and ethical challenge to determine what role, if any, gas can play in the (future) energy system. Environemntal psychologists at the RUG and political scientists and philosophers at the Delft University of Technology work together in this project. The project will provide insights for responsible decisions about what role, if any, different gas concepts should play in future energy systems.
Developing socially responsible innovations: The role of values and moral emotions
This project studies the role of emotions and underlying values and moral considerations in public responses towards innovations. The project aims to develop an innovative emotion-based design perspective for socially responsible innovations that are acceptable and justifiable on ethical grounds.
Public evaluations of gas production and the induced earthquakes in the province of Groningen, The Netherlands
This project aims to examine people’s opinion about gas production in the province of Groningen, including perceptions and evaluations of risks and benefits of gas production, and trust in gas production companies and local and national governments. The project is funded by the Dutch gas production company NAM.
Acceptability of and possibilities for implementation of sustainable energy projects (finished)
In 2020, 14% of total energy in the Netherlands should come from renewable energy sources. This requires development and implementation of diverse (new) renewable energy projects for delivering electricity as well as heat. To realise sustainable energy transition, it is important to understand which key factors influence public acceptability of sustainable energy projects and how these factors should be addressed in responsible decision-making. These questions are addressed in this project, in collaboration with the provinces of Groningen, Drenthe, and Friesland, and the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs.
Pilot Kennisplatform Windenergie (Pilot Knowledge Platform on Wind Energy) (finished)
An initiative to bring together different perspectives and concerns regarding wind energy developments. The (pilot) knowledge platform represents various parties involved with wind energy developments (i.e. residents and their interest groups, businesses, regulatory institutes and the government, and knowledge and research institutes). Key goals include collecting knowledge and providing a discussion platform for the different parties.
See (in Dutch): www.kennisplatformwindenergie.nl
Acceptability of gas in future energy systems (finished)
This project aims to study factors influencing the acceptability of gas in future energy systems. Among others, we consider the perceived advantages and disadvantages of gas now and in the future, and trust in gas production companies. The project is funded by the Topconsortia Knowledge and Innovation Gas (in Dutch: Topconsortia voor Kennis en Innovatie Gas) and Gasunie, the Netherlands.
Creating Innovative Sustainability Pathways - CRISP (finished)
CRISP seeks to identify potential pathways that will aid the EU towards the transition to a sustainable, low carbon Europe. To meet this challenge, CRISP reviews current policies and practical case studies to figure out where we are at the moment. We then plan to develop and evaluate alternative scenarios for the future so that we then can find ways in which we can bridge the gap between where we are today, and where specifically we want to be in the future. A key feature of CRISP is the involvement and participation with school pupils, as well as experts and individuals, companies and governments. We are funded by FP7, the European Union Framework 7 research programme and are a team of partners from Greece, Hungary, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Norway and UK.
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