ENSU –

the Role of Energy Sufficiency
in Energy transition and society

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Expert discussion of the Parliamentary Advisory Council on Sustainable Development

Expert discussion of the Parliamentary Advisory Council on Sustainable Development

Carina Zell-Ziegler, PhD student at EnSu, was invited as an expert to the Parliamentary Advisory Council on Sustainable Development on Wednesday, 10 April 2024. The public expert discussion was entitled "Sufficiency as a central strategy of German sustainability policy". It was based on the position paper „MEHR vom WENIGER! Die deutsche Nachhaltigkeitspolitik braucht eine Suffizienzstrategie“ (german), which was published by the Ecumenical Network for Climate Justice (ÖNK) in the autumn and is heavily based on the research of the EnSu project. The paper has now been signed by over 60 organisations, including Bread for the World, Misereor, Klima-Allianz and B.A.U.M. Her role at the PBNE expert discussion was to provide a scientific...

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our research interest

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How can energy sufficiency be defined and distinguished from other strategies?

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What hinders the implementation of sufficiency policies and measures?

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What characterizes successful transformation strategies which encompass energy sufficiency?

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How can the effects of succiciency be described, evaluated and quantified?

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Which multiple effects of energy sufficiency measures can be described (quantitatively and qualitatively)?

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How can energy scenarios be developed in inter- and transdisciplinary processes?

EnSu Gruppenfoto, 09/2021

The Ensu Team

The junior research group “The role of energy sufficiency in energy transition and society” (EnSu) will systematically include sufficiency strategies in energy system modelling and discuss the current and necessary societal frame conditions for establishing energy sufficiency strategies.

INSTITUTIONS INVOLVED

 

How can energy consumption decrease in absolute terms?

How can societal change be integrated in energy modelling?

These questions are in the center of the research activities of the junior research group “EnSu – The Role of Energy Sufficiency in Energy Transition and Society” that started in May 2020. The project is funded by the German federal ministry for education and research (BMBF) within the research framework for sustainable development (FONA).

Six junior scientists working at the Öko-Institut (Freiburg), the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment, Energy and at the Europa University Flensburg (EUF) aim at studying the transformation processes of society in the context of the Energiewende and making the insights applicable to energy system modelling.