Supporting 1.5-degree living: energy citizenship in Europe

Map of EnergyPROSPECTS cases
Map of EnergyPROSPECTS cases

Most of us need some support, encouragement, inspiration or more technical kind of assistance for leading 1.5-degree lifestyles. Getting involved in energy citizenship initiatives may give us exactly these sorts of help! And, there is a large diversity of them available around us as proven by the almost 600 cases mapped in Europe by researchers in the Horizon2020-supported EnergyPROSPECTS project.

In EnergyPROSPECTS, “energy citizenship (ENCI) refers to forms of civic involvement that pertain to the development of a more sustainable and democratic energy system. Beyond its manifest forms, ENCI also comprises various latent forms: it is an ideal that can be lived up to and realised to varying degrees, according to different framework conditions and states of empowerment.” As there is a huge variety of cases available that would fit this definition, and mapping them all would not have been possible. Thus, the mapping activity focused on cases that:

  • are based in European countries (including EU, EEA and accession countries);
  • are currently active or were concluded no sooner than 2015 when the Energy Union Strategy was published;
  • are focused on direct energy production and/or consumption (e.g. in households, organizations, etc.), mobility (with a direct connection to energy issues), or have a more holistic overall focus on sustainable and just energy. 
The launch of the first community energy project by the Community Energy Service company
The launch of the first community energy project by the Community Energy Service company

The database of energy citizenship initiatives as a searchable database is available online at

To learn more about the methodology used for mapping, please refer to:

Selected country profile reports are also available, please check:

Finally, to read our first descriptive analysis of the data obtained through the mapping activity, check the EnergyPROSPECTS Factsheet Series:


Edina Vadovics, GreenDependent Institute


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