A roadmap to a low carbon future
How do we begin moving towards a scenario of shared and inclusive responsibility?
With the input of citizens and experts throughout Europe, the ENABLE.EU project has put together a series of policy recommendations that will facilitate the transition to a low carbon economy and help ensure Europe’s clean energy future.
EU public authorities should set an example by implementing the sustainable actions that they advocate. For example, renovating EU institutional buildings and switching to renewable energy suppliers, eliminating flights for short distances and developing a public fleet of clean vehicles.
Provide adequate training for professionals in the field of the energy transition. This can be achieved by adding a green component to the Erasmus Pro programme for apprentices.
Encourage companies to advertise energy technologies, such as solar panels, in a more inclusive and gender-balanced way.
Create an EU web portal identifying the best measures and tools to develop prosuming throughout Europe, using the model of the EU Energy Poverty Observatory.
Allocate EU funding to the creation of video games/apps to raise awareness of sustainable behaviours, such as prosuming.
Steer EU funding towards the deep renovation of buildings rather than individual measures, in order to achieve large-scale improvements in the energy efficiency of dwellings.
Establish restrictions on the rental of dwellings with low energy efficiency ratings when there are public schemes allowing owners to renovate the dwelling.
Develop more programmes for local energy advisors to support energy-poor households. Trusted interlocutors can help households identify the available schemes that best address their situation.
Direct energy efficiency policies at SMEs in order to exploit an as yet untapped potential for cost-efficient improvements.
Develop initiatives that encourage Europeans to try out sustainable behaviours, such as free public transport days and electric car-sharing services.
Provide incentives for users of private cars to switch to car-sharing services (as long as they do not foster a shift from public transport and soft modes to shared cars).