When European citizens’s expectations about energy transition are gathered in a planet

[[{"fid":"47761","view_mode":"wysiwyg","fields":{"format":"wysiwyg","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":false,"field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]":false,"field_author[und][0][value]":""},"link_text":null,"type":"media","field_deltas":{"1":{"format":"wysiwyg","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":false,"field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]":false,"field_author[und][0][value]":""}},"attributes":{"height":9934,"width":14044,"class":"media-element file-wysiwyg","data-delta":"1"}}]]In line with the DNA of the Urb-En Pact network, participatory approaches are encouraged. The network launched a survey for the citizens to identify their expectations towards public authorities about energy transition. Back to the implementations and the results of such an initiative...

The idea of the survey emerged during the 5th transnational meeting, to get feedbacks directly from the citizens that could help for the writing of the IAPs. All the partners decided to do so but the collect was discussed : how to get citizens’ opinions in the best way possible ? Digital survey ? Suggestion boxes set up in the streets ? Direct interviews ? Meetings ?


Organization of the survey


Due to the health context and the complexity of such a project, three ways of collect were chosen : digital forms, physical suggestion boxes and even micro sidewalks.

Then, we made up a list of questions that all the partners had to implement in their survey. Moreover, given that all the partners evolve in different places, a part of the questions was adapted to each city to fit the most with the local issues.

During several weeks, more than 500 answers were collected and analyzed to build up a synthesis of all the citizens’ expectations from the 8 territories of Europe involved in Urb-En Pact.




To show the results of the survey, the network decided to resort to art and design by drawing a poster with the results of the survey like a data visualization technique. This idea enabled to summarize the mains ideas of the survey and to make them easier to understand and to identify.

On the poster we can find all the elements from the Urb-En Pact DNA : graphic identity, optimism, pact, etc. We find the hands that epitomize the idea of « pact », the colors of the network, and we can feel the the dynamism of the network through the picture.

Concerning the results, in the strict sense of the term, three main domain were highly important for the citizens about energy transition : urbanism, education and information, renewable energies. However, those three categories must be considered together, with an integrated approach. They all affect the citizens in their daily life (energy, mobility, information, public lightning, etc).

This survey confirms the fact that cities are a relevant scale to tackle the climate change in so far as they concentrate all our daily activities that may pollute : driving, producing, waste management… By being the closest of the source of pollution the local authorities can have an impact on them. That’s why all the partners of Urb-En Pact work actively on their Integrated action plan to address these issues.

Submitted by Hélène Mazaleyrat on 01/03/2022
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Hélène Mazaleyrat

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