Experts: Cindy van den Bremen, Caroline Hummels, Pierre Lévy, Cindy van den Bremen
Potential partners: Provence of NB, ZET, Enpuls
The Netherlands aims at a total renewable energy use of 50% by 2030 and close to 100% by 2050 (Ministry of Economic Affairs, 2017). This results in a number of challenges, such as the motivation of people to switch towards renewable energy. It also forms a challenge for well-over half a million Dutch households who experience so-called energy poverty, i.e. they aren’t able to pay the societally-regarded minimum costs of energy (Van Middelkoop et al., 2018). They are financially unable to upgrade their own infrastructure and experience problems regarding their daily survival, participation and social resilience, which hamper their feeling of urgency regarding energy transition (Breukers et al., 2019). Design can support de the development of mediations that support the energy transition. For example, how can design mediation support mutual empathy, self-reflection, effective communication and creativity between local governments, citizens and housing companies to support energy transition? Or, how can people feel more responsibility for energy savings?