Speed up the energy transition by raising social acceptance

The session will offer a platform to to explore how to bring on board all Europeans as active drivers for change in the energy landscape.

Join us to discuss

  • how the increase of social acceptance of RES in communities across Europe can be decisive in securing a more sustainable implementation of the medium and long term strategy of the EU, and of the objectives of the Paris Agreement.
  • how social acceptance can be fostered, and what socio-political, socio-environmental, and socio-economic incentives can maximize the impacts of citizens´ engagement in delivering the energy transition.
  • how social acceptance can support the implementation of the Energy Union by generating innovation in energy systems and in the market, by fostering more sustainable and inclusive policies.


Barriers, challenges, but also pitfalls and risks of a shift from a logic of, large-scale infrastructure and investments to one that favours active participation by the many and a decentralised energy system.

A research-focused introduction setting the scene, will be followed by a panel discussion, focusing respectively on social acceptance of RES and local benefit. Speakers, representing different positions on the topic, will be invited on stage to kick off the discussion.

A series of interventions from the floor will share real-life examples of successful measures undertaken to raise social acceptance or challenges faced. Since the focus of the session is social acceptance and community engagement, it calls for a lively debate illustrating a variety of points of view, and interaction among a diverse range of stakeholders.


Member of the TEN Section
European Economic and Social Committee
European Renewable Energy Federation
Head of unit
Poliedra – Politecnico di Milano
Climate Justice and Energy Campaigner
Friends of the Earth Europe
Chamber of Architects of Baden-Wuerttemberg
Coordinator Sustainable Resources, Climate and Resilience
ICLEI European Secretariat
Sustainable Resources, Climate and Resilience Coordinator
ICLEI European Secretariat