Deployment of renewable energy and phasing out of fossil fuels is the most effective way to provide the necessary CO2 emission reductions. While the goal of reaching climate neutrality by 2050 sounds like the distant future, the way we produce and consume energy is already changing. In 2019, 20% of all EU energy consumption came from renewable sources. This will inevitably increase by 2030, to an expected level of at least 40%.
Our entire society is organised around energy systems. Moving towards net zero emissions will change energy technologies, infrastructure, consumption patterns but also the social, political and economic ecosystem attached to it. To truly work, energy policy must integrate this dichotomy, but practice shows that this has been done with varying success.
We are therefore searching for real life stories which elaborate on this phenomenon in form of topical and astute commentaries with a strong policy angle. In general terms, this would include a zoom into societal processes which stimulate, accompany and arise from shifts in energy systems.
Ideally, your essay would present an issue, explain how you, your community, your company or your organization approached it and how this approach resulted in change in policy or in practice. Likewise, we invite critical essays which challenge existing policies, reveal blind spots and offer alternative views and policy solutions.