FLASH REPORT : ENERGY-X STAKEHOLDER WORKSHOP

Monday December 2, 2019, 9:30 am – 4 pm
DECHEMA – Theodor-Heuss-Allee 25
60486 Frankfurt am Main

How can a lasting participation of stakeholders in the SUN-ERGY project be facilitated?

Which are the most important elements within a large-scale research initiative like SUN-ERGY for stakeholder involvement to be focused on?

As part of the EU-funded CSA project ENERGY-X, a strategic Stakeholder Workshop took place in Frankfurt on December 2nd. This was held in collaboration with the SUNRISE CSA, with which ENERGY-X will merge to continue as SUN-ERGY as of March 1st. The workshop aimed to gather input from a range of societal and industrial stakeholders, covering the ENERGY-X and SUNRISE value chain, on the nature, timing and content of stakeholder involvement in a large-scale research initiative on sustainable production of fuels and chemicals.

The workshop was kicked off with complementary presentations from ENERGY-X coordinator, Jens Nørskov, and SUNRISE deputy coordinator, Hervé Bercegol, laying the scientific foundations and highlighting the cornerstones of the future joint initiative.

 

Two presentations in the morning session provided inspiration for the workspaces to take place in the afternoon. Dr. Egbert Lox, Umicore Senior Vice President, provided an industry perspective on participation in large-scale research initiatives, recommending that ENERGY-X become involved in the Green Deal initiative of the new European Commission He also recommended that ENERGY-X link to IPCEI-projects (Important Projects of Common European Interest) for funding of their FID (First Industrial Demonstration) and to link structurally to several KIC’s  (Knowledge and Innovation Communities) of the EIT (The European Institute of Innovation & Technology). Dr. Astrid Björnsen (WSL) and Dr. Anna Roschewitz (novatlantis GmbH), provided a reflection from social science on how to make the project socially relevant in order to make a real and lasting impact, linking research with  the social needs, highlighting the importance of bottom-up and top-down approaches to have different stakeholders involved in shaping the scientific agenda.

A talk by Professor Erik Paredis from Ghent University focused on approaches to stakeholder involvement from the social sciences, elaborating on the concepts of co-creation and co-production, also stressing the importance of stakeholder diversity, especially with regards to the citizen stakeholders.

The six interactive workspaces were designed to bring together stakeholders from different domains to discuss how stakeholders could see themselves being engaged in SUN-ERGY and on which topics different stakeholders should be consulted. During the interactive workspaces, participants discussed around 16 different questions regarding the involvement of stakeholders, e.g.:

  • How can a lasting participation of stakeholders in the SUN-ERGY project be facilitated?
  • Which are the most important elements within a large-scale research initiative like SUN-ERGY for stakeholder involvement to be focused on?
  • How can SUN-ERGY ensure continuous evaluation of assumptions and correction when necessary?

Thanks to a group of highly engaged participants, the discussions taking place provided valuable input to inform the strategy for stakeholder involvement in the future joint initiative of SUN-ERGY.

Check out our Twitter account with few highlights from the Stakeholder Workshop: https://twitter.com/ENERGYX_PROJECT

The ENERGY-X research roadmap is available at www.energy-x.eu/research-needs-report/

More about ENERGY-X at www.energy-x.eu (Twitter: https://twitter.com/ENERGYX_PROJECT)

The SUNRISE technological roadmap is available at https://sunriseaction.com/sunrise-releases-its-technological-roadmap-to-a-clean-energy-eu/

More about SUNRISE at https://sunriseaction.com/

ENERGY-X and SUNRISE are two out of the six CSA projects that were selected for the Horizon 2020 call “FETFLAG-01-2018” within the research area of Energy, Environment and Climate Change. Both initiatives received €1 million from the European Commission to develop a proposal for a large-scale research initiative over the course of one year, from March 2019 to February 2020. SUNRISE and ENERGY-X aim to develop sustainable approaches for the storage of renewable energy (solar and wind) through its conversion to fuels and commodity chemicals using abundant molecules such as carbon dioxide, water and nitrogen. The two projects bring together 30 committed organisations, backed by an initial supporting community of approx. 300 stakeholders from academia, industry and society.