The first Stakeholder Thinking Lab at the University of A Coruña

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2022-11-21

The very first Stakeholder Thinking Lab of the EU 1.5 Lifestyles project has been organized by the University of A Coruña under the moderation of Prof. Dr. Marta Rey García in Spain. 22 experts from private and public sector, academia as well as non-profit organizations have discussed the leverages and intervention steps to ensure the transition to a more sustainable future. Professor Pilar Vieiro, the assistant professors Vanessa Mato and Noelia Salido, and postdoctoral researcher Nadin Ozcelik have supervised the group discussions regarding the four consumption areas: nutrition, housing, mobility and leisure.

 

The Spanish Stakeholder Thinking Lab of the EU 1.5° Lifestyles Project on 18th October (simultaneously with partner organisations from Germany, Hungary, Latvia and Sweden) was executed at one of the most stunning facilities (Aula Náutica) of the University of A Coruña.


We attempted to gain further perspectives on the economic, technological, political and social structures that enable and/or hinder (i.e. structural enablers and barriers) the adoption of low carbon lifestyle options at household level, with 22 stakeholders from public and private sector, academia, non-profit organizations and businesses under the moderation of our colleague, Prof. Dr. Marta Rey García. This also allowed us to fill the gap both within theory and practice in the four main consumption areas which are nutrition, housing, mobility and leisure.

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During the lab, first, we made a brief introduction to the Project, including the climate change situation, the 1.5° objective, as well as the structural enablers and barriers which are identified by the project team. We also discovered the most relevant and irrelevant low-carbon lifestyle options in Galicia/Spain through using our engagement tool, the Climate Puzzle. Furthermore, we also identified the intervention steps which aim to overcome the structural barriers and allow us to reach the 2050 emission objectives within the different consumption areas through Backcasting exercise (i.e. defining the desirable future scenario and address the policies & actions to connect it with the present.) Last but not least, we assessed whether there are synergies or discrepencies between different intervention steps.


Soon, we are going to share more insights and learnings from our Stakeholder Thinking labs on our website, so stay tuned!
 

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Dr. Nadin Ozcelik, University of A Coruña (UDC)