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Towards a Joint Local Energy Transition Process in Urban Districts: The GO2Zero Simulation Game

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Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management, TU Delft, Jaffalaan 5, 2628BX Delft, The Netherlands
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Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, TU Delft, Julianalaan 134, 2628BL Delft, The Netherlands
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Sustainability 2018, 10(8), 2602; https://doi.org/10.3390/su10082602
Received: 16 June 2018 / Revised: 13 July 2018 / Accepted: 18 July 2018 / Published: 24 July 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Social Innovations in the Energy Transition)
The depletion of fossil fuel sources for our energy system and the influence on overall CO2 emissions drive the need to more sustainable energy systems. The transition towards a renewable energy system cannot be seen as a purely technical issue; it is strongly embedded within society. In this study, we analyze the stakeholder complexities of the transition in urban districts and research the use of a simulation game to increase the understanding of the complexity of the transition. Surveys and observations were used to collect data about the learning experiences of playing the game GO2Zero. The results show that participants liked to play the game and they considered the game a valid representation of the system. Further, the participants agree that they obtained a better understanding of the complexity of the residential energy system and experienced a variety of challenges in the transition. Simulation games, like GO2Zero, could become valuable instruments in local energy transition processes as they offer a safe environment for novices and experts to jointly experiment with the challenges in this process. These experiences could support the design of the transition process by helping actors to formulate goals and collaborative strategies for achieving those goals. Future research will focus on the use of this game for experimenting with different strategies and instruments and to analyze their effects. View Full-Text
Keywords: low carbon cities; energy transition; energy renovation; stakeholder management; simulation games low carbon cities; energy transition; energy renovation; stakeholder management; simulation games
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Bekebrede, G.; Van Bueren, E.; Wenzler, I. Towards a Joint Local Energy Transition Process in Urban Districts: The GO2Zero Simulation Game. Sustainability 2018, 10, 2602. https://doi.org/10.3390/su10082602

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Bekebrede G, Van Bueren E, Wenzler I. Towards a Joint Local Energy Transition Process in Urban Districts: The GO2Zero Simulation Game. Sustainability. 2018; 10(8):2602. https://doi.org/10.3390/su10082602

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Bekebrede, Geertje, Ellen Van Bueren, and Ivo Wenzler. 2018. "Towards a Joint Local Energy Transition Process in Urban Districts: The GO2Zero Simulation Game" Sustainability 10, no. 8: 2602. https://doi.org/10.3390/su10082602

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