The overall objective of this project is to raise public awareness of the benefits and possible drawbacks of the utilisation of various energy resources and their technological development for sustainability, and thereby bridge the gap between science and the public. The need for this project is strongly supported by the fact that although over 100 Community programmes and sub-programmes have been initiated with direct focus on energy during the past 20 years, the public’s involvement in discussions has been on a depressingly low level. “Awareness raising” by various energy lobby groups did not improve the situation either. The promoters of fossil, nuclear or various alternative energy sources have been investing vast resources into public relations, which has resulted in distorted comprehension of these issues by the public.
The network will therefore initiate a real dialogue between researchers, scientists and the public, to help us all understand the relationships between energy, the environment, technologies and economic growth, taking into account societal values and natural and human resources. Another good feature is the application of a set of original and state-of-the-art methods and tools for awareness raising such as on-line workshops and the so-called “Arena”. All of these will successfully draw attention, initiate dialogue and eventually raise the awareness of the public.
The network’s long-term objectives are to act as a nucleus for a trans-European network to raise public and scientific interest in the utilisation of various energy resources and to start a dialogue between the non-professional public, the scientist and lawmakers.
Description of actual services provided by the staff within the assignment:
- Elaboration of technical and economic feasibility study
- Preparation of study about policy and ownership barriers for investitures
- Elaboration and investigation on the environmental impacts of cascaded energy use