Europe is at a crossroads in its transition towards a sustainable energy system, which aims to address challenges related to climate change, high levels of pollution and growing energy security concerns. On 13-14 June, 2018 the Center for the Study of Democracy held a Stakeholder workshop on governance practices in the transition to a low-carbon future with representatives from government agencies, research institutions and universities and business associations from across the EU and beyond. The workshop was organised within the framework of the ENABLE.EU project and aimed at discussing with relevant stakeholders governance practices and quality of governance as drivers or obstacles for public acceptability of low-carbon energy transition in the areas of heating and cooling and prosumers-practices.
The participants discussed seven areas of governance bottlenecks and obstacles for public acceptability of low-carbon policies, as well as measures and possible solutions with regards to:
- energy efficiency and prosumer practices in households;
- energy poverty and high cost of investment for RES installations;
- costly administrative procedures and/or improper taxation;
- low institutional administrative and professional capacity, especially on regional/local level;
- lack of strategic thinking and political commitment;
- dominant position of incumbents in energy systems and policy;
- low level of awareness and lack of transparency.