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Local Communities’ Energy Literacy as a Way to Rural Resilience—An Insight from Inner Peripheries

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Department of Urban and Regional Development Studies, Faculty of Earth Sciences and Spatial Management, Nicolaus Copernicus University in Torun, 87-100 Torun, Poland
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Department of Economic Policy and Regional Studies, Faculty of Economic Sciences and Management, Nicolaus Copernicus University in Torun, 87-100 Torun, Poland
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Students’ Scientific Association of Geographers, Faculty of Earth Sciences and Spatial Management, Nicolaus Copernicus University in Torun, 87-100 Torun, Poland
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Institute of Social and Economic Geography and Spatial Management, Faculty of Natural Sciences, University of Silesia in Katowice, Będzińska Street 60, 41-200 Sosnowiec, Poland
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Academic Editor: Dimitrios Katsaprakakis
Energies 2021, 14(9), 2575; https://doi.org/10.3390/en14092575
Received: 23 March 2021 / Revised: 22 April 2021 / Accepted: 28 April 2021 / Published: 30 April 2021
Energy transition is surely not only about the technological change, but it also has to necessarily reflect socio-cultural and environmental transformations on the local level. Hence, local communities’ energy literacy belongs to the crucial elements in designing successful energy transition and strengthening rural resilience. Energy literacy is a concept widely related to the multifaceted phenomenon of energy consumption, both in its individual and collective dimensions. Therefore, the aim of the present study is to analyse the level of energy literacy in rural conditions, considering its three key dimensions (awareness, attitude, and behaviour). Our reflective considerations about energy literacy build on the current knowledge that stress its importance for the reinforcement of rural resilience. The case study, Zławieś Wielka, in the north-central Poland, was selected where a social survey (N = 300) on the relation between energy literacy and rural resilience was conducted. By means of employing the cross-tabulations method for data analyses, our results signal that certain indications of the ecological awareness among the rural residents are being formed. Our findings clearly suggest that, on the one hand, the needs for more environmentally reasonable management with energy, including electricity and heat, come to the fore. On the other hand, various types of investments in improving the energy efficiency of residential buildings and utilising energy generation from renewable energy sources are observed. It seems that the surveyed community has a clear potential to become the vector for sustainable and just energy transition of the countryside. The essential conditions that urgently need to be implemented to ensure the viability of rural energy transition are the educational reinforcement within the community and more generous long-term institutional support from the central government, targeted on endogenous development and enhancing the local social capital. View Full-Text
Keywords: energy literacy; rural resilience; energy transition; local communities; Poland energy literacy; rural resilience; energy transition; local communities; Poland
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Chodkowska-Miszczuk, J.; Kola-Bezka, M.; Lewandowska, A.; Martinát, S. Local Communities’ Energy Literacy as a Way to Rural Resilience—An Insight from Inner Peripheries. Energies 2021, 14, 2575. https://doi.org/10.3390/en14092575

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Chodkowska-Miszczuk J, Kola-Bezka M, Lewandowska A, Martinát S. Local Communities’ Energy Literacy as a Way to Rural Resilience—An Insight from Inner Peripheries. Energies. 2021; 14(9):2575. https://doi.org/10.3390/en14092575

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Chodkowska-Miszczuk, Justyna, Maria Kola-Bezka, Agata Lewandowska, and Stanislav Martinát. 2021. "Local Communities’ Energy Literacy as a Way to Rural Resilience—An Insight from Inner Peripheries" Energies 14, no. 9: 2575. https://doi.org/10.3390/en14092575

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