Report and factsheet – Drivers and barriers of public engagement in energy infrastructure


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Implementing energy and climate measures at local level


The Public Engagement for Energy Infrastructure Task first report investigates on drivers and barriers of public engagement in energy infrastructure, through literature review and expert interviews.

Public engagement for energy infrastructure is of increasing importance as public opposition to projects such as wind farms or electricity grids poses challenges to meeting climate and energy targets. As energy infrastructure moves closer to people’s homes, there is a call for effective and meaningful public engagement on energy infrastructure projects. But what drives or retains public engagement in energy infrastructure?

The report investigates common socio-psychological, socio-technical and institutional challenges and drivers for effective public engagement in energy infrastructure, and explores how barriers can be overcome. It analyzes both the drivers and barriers for people engaging with energy and for developers and institutions engaging with people.

The authors of this report would like to thank the Task’s participating countries – the United
Kingdom, the Netherlands, Ireland, Sweden and Switzerland – for funding this study under
the Users TCP Task “Public Engagement for Energy Infrastructure”. They also thank the
interviewees for taking the time to participate in this study.

Alongside the report, a Factsheet and Slide Pack summarise contents.

Please cite this report as:Süsser, Diana, Nathália Fernandes Pimentel, Shima Ebrahimi, Esther Hardi, Ira Shefer,Morjana Moreira dos Anjos, Vlasis Oikonomou, Andrzej Ceglarz, 2023: Drivers andbarriers of public engagement in energy infrastructure, UsersTCP by IEA report.


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