Energy in Transition

Lithium mine, photo by Kadir van Lohuizen

Energy transitions are at the heart of sustainable transformations. Sustainable energy transitions entail urgent challenges and opportunities to tackle climate change while improving well-being in inclusive and equitable societies. Science has excelled in understanding climate change and in advancing energy technologies. But now, the urgent and critical question is: How to make sustainable energy transitions happen? The Energy in Transition Community (EiT Community) articulates such ‘How to’ questions on energy system- and societal- transformations by going beyond multidisciplinary research. We strive for transformative research while considering perspectives, concepts, and framings from energy science, natural sciences, social and behavioural sciences, law, economics, governance and humanities. Further, we aim for cooperations with external stakeholders to integrate practical knowledge into energy transition pathways. The EiT Community is working under the umbrella of the strategic theme Pathways to Sustainability.

How to design and pursue just and swift energy transitions?

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Do you want to contribute, participate or learn from Energy in Transition Research?

Researchers, companies and societal organisations with interest to co-develop or apply knowledge on accelerating the energy transition are invited to contact the Community:

What is our aim?

Our Community aims to pursue innovative and robust transdisciplinary research to develop holistic approaches which contributes to the acceleration and upscaling of fair and sustainable energy transitions. Thereto, our community members from energy science, natural sciences, social and behavioural sciences, law, economy, governance and humanities formulate jointly transdisciplinary research questions. The research questions focus on ‘how to’ shape societal changes and implement technical solutions. The Community members engage with external stakeholders to co-develop and test solutions for practical solutions.

Science tells us that we can still stem the worst effects of climate change by achieving net zero emissions around 2050. Now, Science becomes part of the solution by engaging with stakeholders to develop pathways to achieve this target.

How do we want to achieve our ambition?

Energy transitions are strongly linked to societal changes and do not follow one univocal pathway. Creating globally aligned and locally-relevant pathways for energy transitions is complex and requires knowledge from different disciplines and societal stakeholders. Within this Community, the creation of such pathways is facilitated through transdisciplinary seed funding projects, workshops to address barriers and enablers for successful transdisciplinary research and knowledge exchange. Our research questions focus on developing influential perspectives and operational insights how technologies and societal choices can accelerate and shape sustainable and fair energy systems. In our research, we will build upon the lessons learned of the former Energy in Transition research Hub and by using a.o. The transdisciplinary field guide.

Examples of Seed Fund projects

Windmills, photo by Kadir van Lohuizen