Co-design Workshop with public administration and Citizens

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Different workshops have been organized in two pilot case studies of Susa valley and Litoměřice. The aim of these workshops was to involve the relevant stakeholders of both, the public administrations and citizens to share the SCORE research activities and raise their awareness about the possible benefits of energy communities. However, the main objective was the co-creation of future scenarios for the definition of an energy community in a pilot case studiy, employing storytelling methods. The Politecnico di Torino (PoliTo), in collaboration with La Foresta Soc. Coop., Consorzio Forestale Alta Valle di Susa, Unione Montana Valle Susa and the Cooperativa Sociale AMICO, conducted two workshops in the Susa Valley with the following objectives:

  • Sharing the research activities and results of the SCORE project with the Susa Valley community;
  • Raising awareness among stakeholders about the possible benefits of energy communities;
  • Co-creating of future scenarios for the definition of an energy community in the Susa Valley is shared by all stakeholders.

These objectives led to engaging the stakeholders in the project with the aim of fostering co-ownership in renewable energy sources and boosting commitment. The workshops took into consideration that the energy communities promoted by the SCORE project seek to involve and benefit all local stakeholders (citizens and public bodies) through democratic participation, highlighting the inclusion of women and low-income households. In order to increase the organization efficiency, the workshop was divided into two days involving different focus groups of stakeholders from Susa Valley municipalities:

● The 1st workshop was held on the 17th of April 2020 involving public administration members (e.g., mayors, public entities, SMEs);

● The 2nd workshop was on the 23rd of April 2020 involving citizens.

With the same objective, this workshop was held on the 3rd of November 2020 consisting of 16 participants from the public administration and citizens of Litoměřice. Members of the SCORE project supported and moderated the workshop during the entire time, making sure that everyone had a voice and could participate equally. The participants were contacted through the known local authorities via e-mail or personal contact. Following an agenda, the workshop lasted two-four hours with three main sections: the introduction section and the application of the storytelling method for the current and future scenarios.