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Walking the Talk

The ENERGISE consortium is well aware of the fact that all our activities within the project have certain environmental burdens on our planet (CO2 emission, waste, energy use, etc. due to our project meetings, workshops, conferences, Living Labs, ordinary work in the office).

That is why we are trying to reduce these burdens and if possible compensate them in the following ways:

WP2 – Typologies of Energy Initiatives

During 2017, WP2 has carried out a systematic criteria-guided review of existing sustainable energy consumption initiatives (SECIs) from 30 European countries, which is synthesized in a comprehensive database.

ENERGISE at the "Deconstructing Participatory Climate Governance" workshop

On October 26-27, 2017 at Sciences Po Bordeaux (France), Marlyne Sahakian and Laure Dobigny of the University of Geneva ENERGISE team presented some initial results in a workshop titled "Deconstructing Participatory Climate Governance: Innovation or Business as Usual?". The interest in the workshop demonstrates the growing focus on participatory governance when it comes to energy usage and related climate governance: over 130 papers were submitted, with some 24 guests selected to present papers and share in the discussions at this stimulating event.

Designing ENERGISE Living Labs

Opportunities for households to change their energy use vary significantly across Europe as well as within European countries. There is individual variation in performing daily practices (and thus in energy use), but at the same time practices are socially reproduced and guided by material and institutional conditions as well as understandings and assumptions of normality and acceptability in a given context, and the conditions surrounding European households are highly variable.

Sufficiency - How much is enough?

Following the completion and circulation of the ENERGISE conceptual framework in July 2017, Work Package 1 leaders at LMU Munich have now switched their focus to further investigating energy-related practice cultures, including the diverse meanings attached to the performance of practices as well as variations in rebound effects and sufficiency thinking.

ENERGISE presented at the European Roundtable of Sustainable Consumption and production

On October 2nd Dr Frances Fahy presented on “Ruptures and Routines, Energy Use in an Island Life” at the 2017 ERSCP conference in Greece. The ERSCP conference favours discussions about the key issues in sustainable consumption and production; the exchange of thoughts, knowledge, experiences and SCP proposals; and the creation of a European (also worldwide) community of research and practice in sustainable consumption and production.

Call for papers for YHYS colloquium

Our Finnish partner (University of Helsinki) organises a working group session at the 'Environmental Politics, Economy and Knowledge' Colloquium. Please see below their call.


The conveners of Thematic Working Groups now warmly welcome suggestions for oral presentations (appr. 30 mins including discussion). The deadline for doing this is Sunday 22nd October 2017. More information is available here.

ENERGISE session at GRF's Brighton conference

Members of the ENERGISE team organised a session on ‘Energy Consumption Transitions and Social Change’ at the Global Research Forum on Sustainable Production and Consumption (GRF-SPaC) “Sustainable Lifestyles, Livelihoods and the Circular Economy” conference.

What works when and where in transforming energy practices?

Reducing household energy consumption is a longstanding effort in Europe. Various measures like the provision of feedback have been found to be successful and render small savings in energy consumption. Yet we often don’t know what people actually did differently after starting to receive the feedback. So the problem becomes somewhat more complicated if we want to change energy practices – like heating, showering or mobility – more fundamentally and in the long term.

Typologies of Energy Initiatives

WP2 is developing a systematic criteria-guided review of existing sustainable energy consumption initiatives (SECIs) from 30 European countries.

Carbon Trust/Kingston University Energy Efficiency Training for SMEs

This event – organised jointly by ENERGISE researcher Audley Genus and the Carbon Trust – and held at Kingston University in London in April –  aimed to show how small/ new businesses can reduce energy use, lower costs and improve their reputation. Delegates received free energy efficiency training from a Carbon Trust expert and advice on initiatives on offer that provide funded support and resources. One such programme is START2ACT, which funded the event, and which offered delegates the opportunity to sign up to receive one-to-one bespoke START2ACT energy efficiency-related support.

Paper on Energy Efficient Practices accepted by Leading Journal

Audley Genus and Charlotte Jensen have had a jointly authored paper accepted by the Journal of Consumer Culture. The title of the paper is: “The Institutionalisation of Practice: the case of Energy Efficient Lighting in Denmark”. It brings together Audley’s thinking about changing energy-related institutions in society and Charlotte’s research on energy efficient lighting practices in Denmark, to create a synthesis which sheds light on the opportunities and difficulties connected with the institutionalisation of sustainable practices and the de-institutionalisation of unsustainable ones.

Tyndall Centre talk on Changing Institutions in a Changing Climate

Audley Genus was invited to give a talk in January 2017 at the prestigious Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research at University of Manchester. He spoke about the need for and difficulties of institutional change in a changing climate, referring to projects he has undertaken in relation to community energy and creating ‘eco-neighbourhoods’ as well as looking forward to developing work on ENERGISE.