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B3 :  Mi'ga'on  and  adapta'on  :  research  and  new   economic  models.  Patrizia  Lombardi,  POLITECNICO  DI  TORINO    

District  Informa:on  Modelling  and   Management  for  Energy  Reduc:on  

•  Transition towards post carbon city is a societal process

and requires a socio-economic transformation of our 200 years old fossil fuel based society.

Low carbon  society  has  to  be  considered  as  a  process   by  nature  that  it  is  not  the  mere  result  of  inten'onal   ac'ons  but  the  product  of  the  interac'on  of  mul'ple   intended  and  unintended  elements  (opera'onal,   cogni've  and  pre-­‐cogni've  processes),  all  defining   complex  “societal  processes”   Secure     energy  system   Socially     acceptable     energy  system    


LOW-­‐CARBON   ENERGY  SYSTEM   DoW     (EU  M(MILESECURE-2050 ILESECURE-­‐2050  project)  

Biogas from waste, Peccioli

Results from EU MILESECURE-2050 projects shows that transition toward post carbon cities and regions has already taken place Ò Overall databases:

Energy Island, Samso

1500 anticipatory experiences (AEs)

Ò Check: 440 AEs Ò Deep Analysis: 90 AEs Ò Different sectors (energy production, mobility, housing, services and industry)

Eva Lanxmeer, Culemborg

City of cyclists, Copenhagen

Superblocks, Vitoria-Gasteiz


THE NEW TRANSFORMATION Socio economic revolution

Derk Loorbach, 2014

•  External governance and financial instruments (E) help bottom-up initiatives

scale to a regional or national level.

•  Need to create governance environments and financial instruments to spread

local-scale best practices in energy transformation.

•  Social, political movement and grassroots factors (S) is a foundation for smooth energy transition. •  Policy action should focus on S. (Citizens’ orientation to change, engagement in movements and projects at the local level, willingness to pay in part for initiatives)

•  Behaviour change and transformation in the Personal dimension (P) are

prerequisites for the measurable success of transition.

•  Policies need to support paradigm change and new values rather than technology



Role of research to accelerate this transition: •  Human factor is the most relevant axe to this transition.

Relevance of E-S-P factors over time

(MILESECURE-2050 D3.1)

democratic dream

public debate

grassroot initiatives

communities action research open-source innovation incentives y c a action research r oc m e education/ exhortation d d subsidies e innovation v information l interest group funding o self regulation inv

technocracy / social engineering


Citizens, local communities and grass-root initiatives are to be empowered, first, by enabling them to take control of their projects and of their energy consumption at large, and second, by including them in the governance cycle as a source of knowledge and learning, and as a recipient of what is learned.

advisory committees tendering market creation scientific advice, consultancy brokering standards political debate



command&control resolutions, MDGs

govt. reorg.




Governance requires permanent learning. We need to develope new learning approaches based on resilience thinking which involves exploring interacting hierarchies of nested systems. It is related to short, medium, long-term perspectives

Chelleri and  Olazabal  (2012)   Chelleri  and  Olazabal  (2012)  

Thanks 4 Ur a attention & questions! This study has received support by the European Commission (FP7SSH-2012-2- 320169)

Patrizia Lombardi Head of Interuniversity Regonal &Urban Studies and Planning, Politecnico di Torino

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