Engage4Energy Policy Brief: How to meaningfully engage the public in energy infrastructure projects?

As part of Engage4Energy, RGI and the Institute for European Energy and Climate Policy (IEECP) publish a policy brief summarising the important role public engagement plays for a just energy transition, as well as policy steps to achieve it.

As we move closer to a renewables-based energy system, infrastructure projects move closer to people’s homes. From wind and solar farms to power grids, a decentralised system requires public support. In this context, public engagement can allow project promoters and policy makers to include the communities’ needs and concerns when planning and implementing the infrastructure of the future. But how to meaningfully engage the public and other relevant stakeholders to ensure a just energy transition?

Taken this context into consideration, Engage4Energy’s year-long research defined public engagement, as well as its benefits and key principles. Leading the project, RGI and the Institute for European Energy and Climate Policy (IEECP) published a new policy brief summarising the project’s findings and providing recommendations for policy makers.

Based on the project reports, the brief encourages better ownership mechanisms on engagement processes. At the same time, it calls for more resources to be put into improving and equipping stakeholders with knowledge, tools and opportunities to engage in energy infrastructure projects.


Dr. Ira Shefer
Manager - Energy Systems

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Dr. Andrzej Ceglarz
Director - Energy Systems

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