Citizen Deliberation

Climate targets do not guarantee success on their own. To achieve them, concrete measures and a joint learning process between science, politics, business and society are needed. In the Ariadne project, citizens have therefore been involved in the research processes on policy options for the energy transition through deliberation formats from the very beginning1Deliberation means “consultation”, “consideration”. A deliberation process is about people coming together under fair conditions, exchanging their different views and arguments, weighing them up and learning from each other. Joint decisions should not be based on majority voting, but on convincing arguments that are discussed together in a process of understanding..

The dialogue between society and science was initiated by the online discussions in which the participants discussed the problems and goals of the energy transition and what is important to citizens in its implementation. The results were incorporated into the Ariadne research and further deepened in co-creation workshops between science and people in order to identify focus areas for further research. In the next step, Ariadne researchers developed policy action packages which were discussed and evaluated at the citizen conferences in November 2022.

The results of the citizen conferences are incorporated into Ariadne’s further research work. Participants‘ assessments of the discussed policy instruments will be integrated into the further development of policy options that aim to maximize societal viability. The policy pathways will be presented at a citizen summit in 2023. They form orientation knowledge for policymakers, combining expertise on the impact of the instruments with the citizens‘ values and perspectives.

Dialogue formats

Online discussions

Co-creation workshops

Citizen conferences

Citizen summit

Results and further information

Ressources on the following information are only available in german.

Exploration module „Energy Transition“

The app for the citizen conference on energy transition. Note: Tablet-optimized application – not usable on mobile devices.

Exploration module „Mobility Transition“

The app for the citizen conference on mobility transition. Note: Tablet-optimized application – not usable on mobile devices.

Report: Citizens‘ views on future energy worlds

Report: Citizens‘ views on four future paths of the mobility transition

Climate Change is becoming ever more important – despite the energy crisis

The transformation to climate neutrality is more important than ever to the people of Germany, especially against the backdrop of high energy prices. This is shown by the annual representative survey of more than 6,500 people nationwide on topics related to the energy and transport transition, carried out as part of the Ariadne project funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).

Participation is more – Carrying the energy transition socially: Guest article in the Tagesspiegel Background

Ariadne researchers Arwen Colell and Brigitte Knopf explain in a standpoint what is needed for true social ownership in the process on the path to climate neutrality in 2045 and how deliberation can be shaped.

Learning module: Energy transition

Information on climate-friendly electricity supply for work within focus groups.

Learning module: Mobility transition

Information on climate-smart mobility for work within focus groups.

Report: What is important to us in the mobility and energy transitions?

From public transportation to grid expansion, from electricity costs to jobs: Across Germany, people have discussed the expansion of renewable energies and the mobility of the future. What moves them and how Ariadne continues to work with these perspectives is shown in the new report.

Social Sustainability Barometer of the Energy and Transport Transition 2021

More than 6,800 people across Germany were surveyed: Almost 80 percent see the transformation as a collective task to which everyone should make a contribution to succeed. However, more than half describe the implementation of the energy transition as expensive or distant from citizens and would like to see more momentum. The first results of the Social Sustainability Barometer 2021 are now online and available to download.

Questions and Answers

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What else is there?

  • Ariadne’s thematic focus: Ariadne explores energy transition strategies across a range of sectors, for example, in addition to electricity and transport transition, heat transition or industrial transition. read more
  • Copernicus projects: Ariadne is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) with a total of 30 million euros over three years and is part of the Copernicus research initiative. As the fourth Copernicus pillar, Ariadne complements the ENSURE , P2X and SynErgie projects. Together, the Kopernikus projects form one of the largest German research initiatives on the subject of energy transition. read more
  • CO2-Price calculator (redirection to external website): How to proceed with CO2 pricing and also with offsetting is hotly debated. An interactive „CO2 price calculator“, created by Ariadne project partner MCC (Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change), now provides orientation. read more
  • Follow the Ariadne thread on Twitter @AriadneProjekt and LinkedIn.