Project Approach

The overarching objective of ECHOES is to unlock the policy potential of an integrated social science perspective on energy behaviour. This includes socio-cultural, socio-economic, socio-political, and gender issues that influence individual and collective energy choices as well as social acceptance of the energy transition in Europe. Hereby, ECHOES will foster the implementation of the SET (Strategic Energy Technologies)-Plan Actions and advance towards the Energy Transition, as well as the decarbonizing of EU’s future energy system.

ECHOES employs the innovative theoretical concept of “energy collectives” that covers determinants of energy choices from the individual level to formal social units. Three main theoretical perspectives will be integrated into this concept, namely (1) the perspective of individual decision-making as part of collectives, (2) the perspective of collectives constituting energy cultures and life-styles, and (3) the perspective of formal social units such as municipalities, states, energy providers, or NGOs.

ECHOES will analyse the impact of energy collectives in three technological foci: (a) smart energy technologies, (b) electric mobility, and (c) buildings.