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THE United Kingdom COUNTRY PAGE OF THE R&DIALOGUE PROJECT

Our goal is to improve the dialogue on how to achieve a low-carbon society. A dialogue between research and civil society communities. We aim to contribute to a joint vision on how to achieve a low-carbon society in Europe. We are research organisations and NGOs in the field of energy. We are a consortium of 15 partners in 10 European countries. We are R&Dialogue.

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The R&Dialogue project

Many research outcomes and innovative technologies enable the transformation of our energy system and could make our society more sustainable. However, these are not sufficiently implemented. Meanwhile, carbon emissions from energy production continue. We need to establish a constructive dialogue in our society on sustainable energy solutions.

R&Dialogue in the UK: building a low carbon society together

Energy plays an important role in our daily life: lightning, heating, transport, cooking, showering. Energy is also a source of employment and economic benefits. All in all, energy is important for our economy, industry and export. For example, the oil and gas fields in the North Sea, on- and offshore wind, coal and gas power plants, electricity grids that could in the future go across borders, early trials of wave and tidal energy, and even more small-scale things like solar panels on rooftops.

We use Design Thinking in the UK R&Dialogue process, find our presentation on this here.

Objectives

For the full Scotland/UK National Dialogue page, visit www.lowcarbondialogue.org.uk

The UK objectives are to create a transition to cleaner and more sustainable energy sources. Energy that contributes to a sustainable society: socially, environmentally and economically. Through this balance, the aim is to create a transparent and trustworthy energy supply.

To realise these ambitions, a number of innovative technologies are being developed. However, technology alone is not enough – as recent experience has shown, such outcomes must also be socially acceptable. We have experienced this with differing views in UK society on wind farms, and with the controversy over the Beauly-Denny power line.

With this project we aim at giving an insight in the role of energy for our economy, for producers and consumers, for environment and society. Together we want to investigate future possibilities to create shared objectives and interests. Together we work towards a shared vision to reach these ambitions. A clean atmosphere, a sustainable environment and a sustainable economy are all a part of future possibilities that we can offer our society.

Creating the dialogue

To work together towards a sustainable energy supply and demand and less pollution in the atmosphere, we need a shared vision. This shared vision is created by government, business and industry, environmental and research organisations, citizens’ initiatives, knowledge institutes and UK citizens. These are the players in the field with whom R&Dialogue cooperates to create a dialogue and develop a share vision on the energy sector.

Contribute to the dialogue

At first, we provide an insight in the energy sector. Based on this, a broadly shared vision is created. This vision is transformed to a plan of action which leads to a national dialogue. This national dialogue is a shared and constructive dialogue that leads to tangible and realistic ideas and decisions in and for the energy sector. The dialogue contributes to awareness, shared choices and a shared vision on energy. The dialogue is held in the UK and in nine other European countries: Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, and Spain.

More information

Please feel free to browse the rest of the website to discover and find out more about our project. Most information is in English. For questions and further information you can contact Emily Creamer from the UK dialogue team.