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BRIDGE at EUSEW 2021 with session on citizen engagement

BRIDGE EUSEW

The BRIDGE initiative, coordinated by Zabala Innovation, will participate in the extended programme of the EU Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW) on 13th October with a session focused on the lessons learned from the various, Smart Grid, Energy Storage, Islands, and Digitalisation Projects projects taking part in BRIDGE

Taking place online on 13th October 2021 from 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM CET under the full title of: “Bringing Citizens on Board the Energy Transition: – Integrated Learning from a Year with Different Measures of Engagement”, the session will engage participants in sharing stories about citizen collective action and their role in the digitalized energy system of 2030. It will also seek to highlight what have we learned from the COVID-19 pandemic and how we can continue engaging citizens in the green energy transition of the future.

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About the EUSEW Session

The session will provide examples of citizen engagement strategies and methodologies implemented by BRIDGE projects and propose recommendations on the main topics that the Consumer and Citizen Engagement Working Group has addressed, together with a thematic discourse derived from leading engagement activities in a time of a pandemic:

The Stage of Change is offering a new concept to understand the development of citizen collective action schemes. The Working Group on Customer Engagement has proposed a set a new way to understand and assess citizen-led projects to encourage their development

Building citizen-centric projects will present the engagement strategies for Smart Grid projects. Projects of the BRIDGE initiative have discussed the adaptation of engagement strategies according to current constraints in the energy market, from COVID19 to the lack of diversity. This presentation will present the solutions that have been found so far.

Change is possible – a key takeaway across BRIDGE projects is that, even under extraordinary circumstances, they have demonstrated ingenuity and willingness to adapt. The lessons learned will help to bring the green energy transition even further.

The session will present the outcomes of the conversation between BRIDGE projects and offer the opportunity to participants to ask questions to speakers. The session will engage participants in sharing stories about citizen collective action and their role in the digitalized energy system of 2030. It will also seek to highlight what have we learned from the current COVID-19 situation and how we can continue engaging citizens in the green energy transition of the future.

Speakers to the EUSEW session include:

Cristiana Marchitelli, Policy Officer, DG Energy

Stanislas d’Herbemont, Development Manager at REScoop and Chair of the BRIDGE Consumer and Citizen Engagement Working group (Representing the Compile Project)

Diego Casado, Doctor en Informática, Deusto (Representing the PARITY Project)

Thomas N. Mikkelsen, CEO & Founder, GECO Global and Chair of the BRIDGE Joint Communication Task Force (Representing ELAND, iElectrix, and SYNERGY projects)

Mats Tiborn, Strategic Communicator, IMCG International (Representing the Flexigrid project)

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