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COMETS: Collective action Models for Energy Transition and Social Innovation

What is the role of collective initiatives in the energy transition in Europe? Answering this question is one of the main objectives of a European project entitled COMETS. This project is particularly interesting because its approach is based on Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI), Action Research (PAR), Co-creation of knowledge and, by integrating social sciences with comparative analysis, it promises a fertile engagement with the community of initiatives fostering energy transition in Europe through collective approaches. You can find all the information on the project website at and you can connect to your peers on this topic in the platform .

Goal: The COMETS project aims to quantify the European-wide aggregate contribution of Collective Action Initiatives (CAIs) to the energy transition at national and European levels by investigating their evolution and scaling up at an in-depth level in six selected countries ( Spain, Italy, Belgium, Poland, The Netherland and Estonia). Impact: The main expected impacts of the project are two-fold. Firstly, COMETS will advance the scientific knowledge on the motives, desires, objectives and barriers of such collective action initiatives and their historical and future role in the energy transition. Building on the information gathered and tested for its robustness, the project will then co-develop and test supportive tools together with CAI members, decision makers and the scientific community. Lastly, these stakeholders will then be able to use the output of the project, namely the Communities for the Future supporting platform, its enhanced knowledge base, scenarios and roadmaps for spreading CAI models, even after the project is concluded. Partners: We are a heterogeneous and cohesive team of 12 different and complementary partners. In building our team we looked at covering the many competences, domains and perspectives needed to deal with the complexity of the Energy Transition.

3 EU/European-level bodies: ECN - European Crowdfunding Network; ECOLISE - European Network For Community-Led Initiatives On Climate Change And Sustainability; JRC - Joint Research Centre; 2 Research & Innovation centres: TECNALIA - Fundación Tecnalia Research Innovation, ES; VITO - Flemish institute for technological research, BE; 6 Universities: UNITO - University of Turin, IT (coordinator); DTU - Technical University of Denmark, DK; HVL - Western Norway University of Applied Sciences, NO; RUG - University of Groningen, NL; UB - Bocconi University, IT; UJ - Jagiellonian University, PL; 1 Energy Agency: TREA - Tartu Regional Energy Agency, EE;