Project without external funding


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Project duration: 01/199812/2000

The team is analysing the introduction of renewable energies in regional societies and explains the methodological steps that may enable civil society to reconcile technological and socio-economic innovation priorizing socially and environmentally sound projects. So we first explain the specific characteristics of regional societies. Then we ask for social impulses in favour of renewable energies in recent history. Introducing the studies we will look at those social actors whose role in society have disseminator qualities and who therefore potentially form a significant RE market once bottlenecks that prevent motivation and action are overcome. This analysis is based on pioneer pilot studies. Two of four surveys were based on all members of the respective group of disseminators (schools, housing organisations) while two were samples that were justified by the relation to innovative energy technology (arquitects and firms). Therefore this interpretation can indicate at which points a continuation of work is meaningful in order to widen the knowledge to overcome bottlenecks in the introduction of REs. Each group of disseminators problems that prevent dissemination are detected. Furthermore the working group analysed the relevance of transparency created by continuous social communication and information. Furthermore the importance of social competition and public debate on REs was pointed out for the regional dynamics of innovation. We analyse the bottlenecks that still exist on the deregulated regional RE-market. The actors on this market have acquired new roles. During the actual period of energy policy change orientation toward REs is potentially an act of relating to nature contributing thus to overcoming the uprooted relation of civil society with nature. The change in energy politics ? promoted recently by public RE initiatives in Germany - implies technological change. So far these public programs lack more efficient cooperation with private services in order to be able to address and motivate civil society. Pertinent information and public communication will help overcoming the impasses thus promoting the necessary steps: applications for governmental RE programs. Ignorance about regional ”vanguard examples of RE applications ? - like for instance low energy housing estates ? will have to be overcome. Only if this is achieved regional standards backing up a democratic AGENDA 21 process will gain public support by the regional society. Unless civil society can participate in town planning decisions in a democratic way, public control and application of the sustainability standards will not be put into practice on the long run. REs have entered schools - the classical institutions of capacity building ? however there is still a lack of private services that complement their performance in a rapidly changing ecological, economical and social context. Linking up schools with other institutions of civil society proves to be strategic for further promotion of regional sustainable development. The advanced school students could then enter into studying these new professions that are promoting sustainable technology in civil society. In the second part we sum up the recommendations for promoting synergies between the different actors. Our methodology parts from three basic changes if ecological restructuring and a healthy relation of civil society to nature is to come about. These are analysed in the context of economic, ecological and social sustainability - our context of analysis for embedding RE in regional societies.

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