ENergy TRANsitions from Coal and carbon: Effects on Societies (ENTRANCES)
Project founded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme
Grant Agreement: 883947
Duration: 36 months
Start date: 1/05/2020
Under the influence of globalisation, digitisation, automatization, ageing population, internal migrations, many European regions are experiencing a deep and sometimes painful transformation of their social, economic and cultural life. The clean energy transition, if not properly managed, may become an additional and decisive factor of “deterritorialisation” for those regions that are still heavily dependent on fossil-fuel-based industries or the extraction of fossil fuels themselves, i.e. coal and carbon-intensive regions. In this framework, the EU H2020 funded ENTRANCES project will investigate the challenges facing carbon-intensive regions in transition hinging on the idea that the transition to clean energy should not be considered only as a technological change or an industrial shift but also a socio-economic-psychological process that affects the daily life of local communities. The project will integrate, in a single research framework and in a cross European study focused on 13 coal and carbon-intensive regions, socio-economic factors, political dynamics and deep territorial transformations linked to the energy transition.
ENTRANCES will take place over a three-year period and it is coordinated by the University of A Coruña, and will be conducted by a consortium of 14 partners from 12 European countries. Within ENTRANCES, besides participating in all the phases of the research, K&I is leading the work for the conceptual specification of the multidimensional analytic framework to be adopted in studying and comparing the 13 coal and carbon-intensive regions in transition involved.
The online kick-off meeting of ENTRANCES project was held from 5 to 7 May 2020. Ricardo Garcia Mira, professor of environmental psychology at A Coruna University and coordinator of the project, introduced the meeting by presenting ENTRANCES main features. Moreover, several representatives of A Coruna University, members of the Project Scientific Advisory Board and representatives of policymaking intervened to present their greetings. Among them, Laura Martín Burillo, member of the Cabinet of the Vice-President of the Government of Spain, who underlined how the project can be useful also for the national policies of the energy transition. In the same session Manuela Conconi, INEA Project Officer and Gerd Schonwalder, RTD Policy Officer for the Social aspects of energy transition of the European Commission gave their speeches, along with Paul Baker, from the Secretariat of the Platform for Coal Regions in Transition.
Over subsequent sessions, the other contents and activities of the project were presented with a focus on the issue of the multidisciplinary approach adopted by the project – ENTRANCES includes socio-economic, socio-technical, socio-ecological, socio-cultural, socio-political, and socio-psychological aspects; a description of the 13 coal and carbon-intensive regions included in the study; and a discussion on the problem of the knowledge integration and scientific communication activities foreseen by the project. Despite the virtual nature of the meeting, more than 40 researchers participated over the three days. The scientific advisory board of the project actively attended the meeting as well.