Citizen engagement at the core of the energy transformation

City

Grenoble

Engagement strategy

Co-creation

Sector focus

Energy

CITY CONTEXT AND OBJECTIVE

The Grenoble-Alpes-Métropole Region consists of 49 municipalities, among them the capital Grenoble. The metropolitan area is home to ca. 500,000 inhabitants, out of which more than 1/3 live in Grenoble. Grenoble is considered to be one of the climate action frontrunners in France. In order to implement its energy roadmap in conjunction with all relevant local stakeholders, the Grenoble metropolitan region has established a public energy committee. This new body includes stakeholders such as network operators, regulated tariff energy suppliers and other players from the energy production, distribution and demand management side. The public energy committee will be ultimately responsible for the swift and effective delivery of the roadmap’s ambitious targets, in particular in the field of energy.

 

DESCRIPTION OF THE INITIATIVE

During the development of its roadmap, the Grenoble metropolitan area launched a three-stage citizen participation process within two years, consisting of several rounds of discussion so that citizens and local stakeholders could gain ownership of the plan. As a result, a wide variety of stakeholders could provide their inputs in the drafting of the roadmap – e.g. all 49 local authorities in the metropolitan region, the citizens’ panel energy users committee, the local urban development agency, energy authorities, researchers, the air energy climate plan committee, distribution network operators as well as the local energy and the climate agency.

Throughout the process, questions regarding the transformation of the energy landscape, including the change of energy consumption patterns, innovations, the production of renewables, and, most importantly, regarding the share of responsibility were addressed. All the stakeholders could contribute so that their inputs and data modelling allowed for the scenario development. This holistic approach was also key in Grenoble-Alpes-Métropole decision to establish the public energy committee in order to oversee the successful implementation of the roadmap, and represents an inclusive and effective decision-making process.

Grenoble-Alpes-Métropole citizen engagement charter, the “charte d´engagement”, also played a critical role in the citizen participation process of its roadmap. Through the charter, each and every citizen could submit their ideas and activities for contributing to the achievement of the roadmap. Thereby, the citizen engagement charter is not only a truly inclusive process, but also fosters solidarity among the people of Grenoble-Alpes-Métropole and allows for sharing responsibilities among all the local players involved.

 

WHO’S INVOLVED?

Grenoble Alpes Métropole

 

MORE INFO

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