Launch of Our Energy platform

IVM contributes to the launch of this new online source for energy education and awareness-raising for EU citizens and energy communities.

12/03/2020 | 10:28 AM

As part of the NEWCOMERS project (New Clean Energy Communities in a Changing European Energy System), an EU Horizon 2020 project led by the Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM), Our Energy, an online platform for education, awareness-raising, and networking, focusing on new clean energy communities, energy transitions and related topics, has been launched. Our Energy offers short, interactive, multimedia presentations to educate, advise and inspire its users about energy and energy-related topics: www.our-energy.eu 

Our Energy primarily targets energy communities, their members, and other interested EU citizens, as well as policy makers and decision makers, corporate actors, researchers, and other key stakeholders involved in the achievement of low-carbon energy transitions. The mission of the platform is to convey long and complicated, often academic texts into shorter, easily digestible chunks of knowledge, promoting energy-related knowledge and supporting energy communities in their path to success. More developments and features are planned for the platform in the following year, including the networking function among interested EU citizens, energy communities and subject-matter experts who want to learn or share their knowledge and experience.

The platform offers interactive, short (5- to max. 15-minute long) multimedia presentations, enriched with videos, infographics, statistical data, quizzes and other dynamic means of sharing knowledge. All content is expert-reviewed and enriched with short statements by subject-matter experts. It is freely accessible to all users without registration but the registered users are entitled to additional benefits.  Selected parts of the multimedia presentations are downloadable as open resources so that they can be translated, adapted or in other ways reused by interested stakeholders.

The NEWCOMERS project coordinators and IVM researchers Dr Julia Blasch and Dr Nicolien van der Grijp, as well as IVM’s Daniel Petrovics and Bianca Vermeer contributed and will regularly add insights from their own research. Besides the findings from the H2020 NEWCOMERS project also other H2020 sister projects and other organisations are involved and invited to share their knowledge. New content will be added regularly and all interested stakeholders are invited to subscribe to the e-newsletter (either on the our-energy.eu or on the NEWCOMERS project website www.newcomersH2020.eu) to be informed about new content and developments on the Our Energy platform.