THE SMARTEES PROJECT

LOCAL SOCIAL INNOVATION

ABOUT THE PROJECT

SMARTEES is a transdisciplinary research project which aims to support the energy transition and improve policy design by developing alternative and robust policy pathways that foster citizen inclusion and take local peculiarities into account.

 

To reach these objectives, SMARTEES examines five types of energy- and mobility-related local social innovation in ten front-runner cities across Europe. The results stemming from this analysis will then feed into the development of a policy sandbox tool. Using a comprehensive modelling approach, this tool will help forecast the effects of policy measures and social innovation in similar local contexts, thereby supporting the improvement of policy design and decision-making. Through these means, the project will contribute to achieving a resilient, low-carbon and climate-friendly Energy Union that puts citizens at its core.

 

POLICY SANDBOX TOOL

SOCIAL INNOVATION CLUSTERS

An array of pilot projects linked to the energy transition towards a low-carbon society were successfully implemented locally across Europe in recent decades. Of these, the SMARTEES project has selected five types of social innovation as part of a multi-method analysis to study the socio-economic and structural drivers of each. These five case study clusters, more specifically, consider the domains of consumer-driven renewable energy production, energy efficiency in buildings, and low-carbon regional transport, with a particular focus on consumer empowerment. Each cluster draws on the experiences of two cases, which proved to be reference models for other cities and regions, and includes four follower cities as part of an effort to upscale and replicate the innovations in different contexts.

REFERENCE CASES

The experiences of the following front-runner cities and islands serve as reference points for each of the five social innovation clusters analysed within the scope of the SMARTEES project.

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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 763912. The sole responsibility for the content of this website lies with the SMARTEES project. It does not necessarily represent the opinion of the European Union.