The C4ET project aims to raise citizens' awareness on the energy transition by developing an integrated educational approach adapted to all. To this extent, the consortium of 6 partners from 6 European countries (France, Germany, Italy, Croatia, Belgium and Hungary) built on a pedagogical strategy based on the design and development of 30 innovative and interactive educational tools. Six (6) key focus subjects were chosen to reflect on the systemic aspects of energy, including climate change.

Implemented in

  • Europe and Central Asia
  • Belgium
  • Croatia
  • France
  • Germany
  • Hungary
  • Italy

Led by

Sectors of activity
Culture and recreation, Education, Energy

Type of initiative
Education & Awareness Raising, Other

Type of lead actor
Civil society

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The transition towards sustainable energy systems is at the heart of climate change and sustainable development issues, and is key for the European Commission to reach its climate energy package’s goals for 2020: a 20% reduction in its greenhouse gas emissions compared to 1990, a 20% share of renewable energy in its energy consumption and a 20% improvement in energy efficiency.

The project “Citizens 4 Energy Transition” (C4ET) aimed in this context to enhance citizens’ involvement in the energy transition by improving and extending the methods and tools used to raise their awareness and train them on this issue. Although a large number of initiatives in this field already exist, there was a real opportunity to overcome certain barriers by launching a pan-European initiative which would build on the sharing of visions, expertise, and practices of partners concerning the education of citizens on the energy transition.

C4ET involved 6 European partners, led by the French non-profit organization ENERGIES 2050, representing 6 European countries (Belgium with Homegrade Brussels, Croatia with DOOR, France with ENERGIES 2050, Germany with GNF, Hungary with TREBAG and Italy with Molise verso il 2000). These organizations are CSOs, a public body as well as a private company, all active in the field of educating citizens on energy and environmental issues. The main target groups for C4ET were representatives of organisations working on the education of citizens, especially on these issues (CSOs, NGOs, municipalities, associations etc.), and to a larger extent all European citizens.


As collected through the One Planet Reporting

Output level

Knowledge resource and technical tool

  • Development of 30 tools and games to raise awareness on sustainable behaviours and models
  • Pedagogical programme to raise awareness on climate and energy issues

Impact and Results

Citizens For Energy Transition’s impacts can be described as follows:
- The improvement of educational methods and materials for raising awareness and for training citizens on the energy transition
- An increase in the number of CSOs providing training and educational activities on the energy transition towards citizens
- The reinforcement of skills of CSOs and other stakeholders involved or interested by the field of the education of citizens on the energy transition
- The reinforcement of skills of European (and other) citizens in the field of the energy transition

These transversal impacts were effectively reached through the development of quality materials (as described in other sections of this report) and a stakeholder engagement strategy broken down to different geographical levels.

At local level, the project focused on effectively raising local awareness on the energy transition through locally adapted materials and communication towards local organisations.

At regional level, the use of C4ET materials and tools was enhanced via regional authorities and organisations. In terms of success story, Brussels environment (Belgium) is working with Homegrade Brussels on the issue of circular economy in buildings’ renovation using C4ET materials, the Maisons Familiales Rurales in the Provence-Alpes Côte d’Azur Region (France) are starting to implement awareness raising activities, Legambiente Molise (Italy) now works closely with Molise verso il 2000 on these issues, etc.

At national level, C4ET tools were disseminated via national networks and communication Medias. Organisations such as climate-KIC Hungary, GERES and Comité 21 in France, the German Environmental Aid, etc. attended or/and supported some of the project’s activities, with considerable outreach of C4ET tools and materials. They clearly recognised the value of the C4ET approach and will continue to use the materials developed within the frame of their actions.
At European and international level, the tools were spread for use in countries beyond those present in the partner consortium, in order to inspire citizen action further. To this extent, the project’s outcomes were spread through press publications (e.g. Mediaterre which is the Francophone portal for sustainable development) and specific events, e.g. during the 22nd and 23rd COP, climate chance 2017, the European Sustainable Energy week, UNESCO’s sustainable education development week, etc.

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