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Emotional Responses to Energy Projects: Insights for Responsible Decision Making in a Sustainable Energy Transition

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Environmental Psychology, Faculty of Behavioural and Social Sciences, University of Groningen, Groningen 9712 TS, The Netherlands
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Ethics and Philosophy of Technology Section, Department of Values, Technology and Innovation, Faculty of TPM, Delft University of Technology, Delft 2628 BX, The Netherlands
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Human-Technology Interaction Group, Department of Industrial Engineering & Innovation Sciences, Eindhoven University of Technology, Eindhoven 5600 MB, The Netherlands
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Sustainability 2018, 10(7), 2526; https://doi.org/10.3390/su10072526
Received: 31 May 2018 / Revised: 23 June 2018 / Accepted: 9 July 2018 / Published: 19 July 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Social Innovations in the Energy Transition)
Energy projects aimed at a sustainable energy transition can trigger strong negative emotions and resistance from the public. While practitioners are increasingly realising that they cannot simply ignore public emotions, they struggle with how to deal with people’s emotional responses and how to secure public acceptability of sustainable energy projects. We argue that a first critical step in order to adequately address emotional responses to energy projects is to understand where these emotional responses come from. We introduce a value-based approach, which entails that different characteristics of energy projects may violate or support people’s core values, which evokes emotions in people. We present a theoretical framework of the relationship between people’s values, the (perceived) implications of energy projects for these values, and people’s emotional responses to energy projects. We give examples from case studies in the literature to substantiate our reasoning, and we offer directions for future research. Our novel approach provides critical insights for project developers, decision makers, engineers, and scientists who aim to better understand the human dimension of a sustainable energy transition. View Full-Text
Keywords: emotions; public acceptability; sustainable energy transition; values emotions; public acceptability; sustainable energy transition; values
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Perlaviciute, G.; Steg, L.; Contzen, N.; Roeser, S.; Huijts, N. Emotional Responses to Energy Projects: Insights for Responsible Decision Making in a Sustainable Energy Transition. Sustainability 2018, 10, 2526. https://doi.org/10.3390/su10072526

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Perlaviciute G, Steg L, Contzen N, Roeser S, Huijts N. Emotional Responses to Energy Projects: Insights for Responsible Decision Making in a Sustainable Energy Transition. Sustainability. 2018; 10(7):2526. https://doi.org/10.3390/su10072526

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Perlaviciute, Goda, Linda Steg, Nadja Contzen, Sabine Roeser, and Nicole Huijts. 2018. "Emotional Responses to Energy Projects: Insights for Responsible Decision Making in a Sustainable Energy Transition" Sustainability 10, no. 7: 2526. https://doi.org/10.3390/su10072526

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