The energy transition is a SWEET deal


Oct 16, 2023


10:00 - 11:15

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The energy transition is a SWEET deal

Living and working in an era of transition - bringing people back at the center

This talk will introduce the SWICE project, a 8-years research project coordinated by EPFL and sponsored by the Swiss Federal Office of Energy’s SWEET programme on accelerating innovation for Switzerland’s 2050 Energy Strategy.

By forming a consortium involving 10 Swiss Higher Education Institutions and 30 partners from the public and private sectors, the SWICE project aims to identify and quantify the energy saving potential and opportunities for increased quality of life that can emerge from future urban scenarios involving new modalities of mobility, of living and of working. Towards this end, it brings together a range of different disciplines from geography, sociology, psychology and economics to mobility and building engineering. The project also involves collaborations with living labs, that serve as core observation spaces for research activities as well as opportunities to demonstrate how to turn the latter into action.

Marilyne Andersen
Prof. Marilyne Andersen


Marilyne Andersen is a full professor at EPFL and coordinator of the SWICE consortium. Physicist by training and specialised in the psycho-physiological effects of (day)light, she was dean of ENAC from 2013 to 2018, is academic director of the Smart Living Lab and co-leads the Student Kreativity and Innovation Laboratory (SKIL). Before joining EPFL as a faculty, she was a tenure-track professor at MIT and visiting scholar at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California.

Energy policy preference in Swiss regions

In times of overlaying global crises, characterised, for example, by rising energy costs and decarbonisation requirements, Switzerland could become more resilient with more decentralised renewable energy generation in Switzerland. However, this process has a lot of important stakeholders, such as Swiss citizens and voters, energy consumers, and (future) energy producers. 

We argue, besides this multitude of roles, individuals and their energy preferences are characterised by their local circumstances. One of these is area characteristics, as different areas have different potentials for different renewable energies and distinct social influences among inhabitants of these areas. Using data from a large-n survey of Swiss inhabitants, we present findings on how dwellers of different Swiss regions (along the degree of urbanity and actual locations) vary in their taste for renewable policies. Understanding these differences allows energy planners or modelers to increase their predictions' realism and assists project developers in placing different renewable energy technologies.   

Gracia Brueckmann
Dr. Gracia Brueckmann

University of Bern Faculty of Science

Gracia Brückmann is a post-doc at the Institute of Political Science and the Oeschger Center for Climate Change Research at the University of Bern. Currently, they are a visiting fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Dr. Brückmann holds a PhD from ETH Zurich. Their research deals with public acceptance of climate and energy policies, given different prior experiences.

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