The joint policy brief, co-authored by BinBin Pearce and Karin Thalberg, delves into the findings from engaging over 32,000 citizens across Europe. This co-creation process revealed significant insights into citizens' concerns, perceptions, and challenges regarding their role in the energy transition. Questions like "Why should I be the one to change?", "Why should I trust what you tell me?", and "Am I able to take part in a citizen-based energy transition?" highlight the need for a deeper understanding and addressing of these issues.

Key Insights and Recommendations

Brief sheds light on the critical yet often overlooked role of energy citizenship in achieving a sustainable energy future. It outlines actionable recommendations for EU decision-makers to foster a more inclusive energy transition that genuinely benefits everyone. These recommendations are grounded in the collective experiences and insights gathered from extensive consultations with citizens across Europe.

To ensure that every individual can contribute to and benefit from the energy transition, it is crucial to address these concerns and questions directly. Our recommendations aim to enable energy citizenship by providing the necessary tools, information, and support to empower individuals in their journey towards a more sustainable energy future.

A Collective Effort

We extend our deepest gratitude to all contributors and members of our joint policy brief task force, including Benedetta Buccolini, Daniel Botha, Giulia Garzon, Laura Guaita, Ariane Debourdeau, Marlyne D. Sahakian, Marko Hajdinjak, Michael Brenner-Fliesser, and Nikos Kleanthis. Their dedication and collective effort have been instrumental in bringing these crucial insights and recommendations to the forefront.