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In order to reach the political climate target of reducing carbon emissions by 70 % in 2030, Denmark needs to quadruple the total production of renewable energy. For this reason, protest and resistance from citizens and interest groups will presumably grow stronger in the years to come. It is therefore crucial to ensure support from both private companies, public authorities, political stakeholders, and the Danish civil society. To support the work in MissionGreenFuel, this project will develop a national model for citizen engagement in the transition towards green fuels.

The DART project is divided into three sections. The first is an anthropological approach into organizing citizen engagement. This is where DBI will play a more significant role by conducting field work in Esbjerg, Aalborg and Skive, focusing particularly on current barriers and opportunities for engaging citizens and interest groups in the development and operation of RES (Renewable Energy Systems). The second section entails political scientific approaches to designing citizen assemblies, and the third section are focusing on the regulatory framework for citizen engagement in RES from a legal perspective.

The purpose is to mitigate time consuming and costly conflicts between industry, organizations, and local citizens and interest groups, and provide an innovative environment for collaboration across sectors, organizations, and civil society. Furthermore, we want to enable an open public dialogue for developing an engaged and democratic citizenship within the renewable energy transition.

We are working on the first section in collaboration with Department of Anthropology (UCPH), Behave Green, Green Hydrogen Systems, European Energy and Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners. The project will run from Spring 2023 to Fall 2025.

DART The project will run from Spring 2023 to Fall 2025

Project Lead
Mette Marie V. Karsten
Lead Anthropologist (PhD)