“Citizen participation and community co-ownership schemes play an increasingly societal role by fostering citizens’ participation in energy matters and raising acceptance of renewable energy. They can bring tremendous benefits for citizens and communities by placing them closer to the energy transition and fulfilling Europe’s decarbonisation goals,” says Dr. Athanasios Chassiakos as we speak with him, Dr. Stylianos Karatzas and Vasiliki Lazari about their transformative project TwinERGY.
“Peer-to-peer energy sharing coupled with community solar, electric vehicle charging, storage and management of the microgrid system within a decentralised governance method would be an excellent marriage of distributed ledger technologies and equity for a more sustainable and inclusive society,” says Alex D’Elia in our interview about his DLT4EU Virtual Field Lab project.
“Handprint is a measure of what we can do individually, and together, to restore the balance between consumption and the planet’s carrying capacity,” says Nataša Božjak, Advisor at the Agency of the Republic of Slovenia for Agricultural Markets and Rural Development, as we speak about Biodiversity, Education, Regenerative Agriculture and Renewable Energies.
“Developed countries must share their knowledge and technology with developing countries, helping them to set up green technologies,” says Dr. Martin Baitz, director of content at thinkstep, a Sphera company, as we speak about carbon offseting, disseminating clean technologies and evolving social equity.
“The Local Levelised Costs of Energy is a new metric to help communities determine if the local sustainable energy system is a financially viable alternative to the cost of current centralised energy generation, compare long-term costs between approaches as well as demonstrate the value of smart grids,” say Maarja Meitern and Rolf Bastiaanssen as they highlight the relevance of such a new comparative basis in support of the equitable development of sustainable energy systems.
“I am determined to help facilitate renewable energy projects and technology to connect and empower communities,” says Dr. Jemma Green, Cofounder & Chairman at Power Ledger, where she engages to put people at the centre of our energy future using blockchain systems.