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Novel service models to empower energy users to change their daily energy practices in Grenoble

Engaging users of three distinct building types to test different ways to make “energy sobriety” attractive and attainable

City Lab research led by: the City of Grenoble and Grenoble Ecole de Management

Our context

Grenoble (France) is located in the heart of a large, alpine metropolitan area. The city itself has a population of about 163,357 inhabitants, while the large areas is home to about 450 000 inhabitants.

Grenoble has a strong tradition of innovation that combines industrial and engineering communities, academics and researchers. It aims to be a demonstration case of a “city in transition” – in other words, a city that is technologically advanced, but above all inclusive and creative.

Through SONNET, Grenoble seeks to create an environment in which behavioural shifts towards “energy sobriety” are both attractive and attainable. “Energy sobriety” is the idea of reducing or altogether avoiding energy consumption, which is increasingly widely used in France.

This will build off the city’s legacy of environmental action including energy efficiency measures. Grenoble is committed to a local Air, Energy & Climate action plan with goals to reduce energy consumption in public buildings by 22% from 2017 to 2030, which will represent a 39% decrease in overall greenhouse gas emissions. Climate action in the city has been so successful that Grenoble became only the third French city to be certified at a GOLD level by Cit’ergie European Energy Award.

City Lab Description

The task at hand: to create an environment in which behavioural shifts towards energy sobriety are both attractive and attainable

Who will be engaged: three target groups will each be engaged with different approaches

  • Associations occupying City buildings
  • Municipal employees, particularly those who will work in the upcoming Claudel administrative building
  • Those using schools that are new, renovated, or to be renovated, including administrators, teaching staff and students

The City Lab will experiment with different plans of action (social innovation methods) that encourage users to adapt their behaviour and thereby reduce energy consumption. Researchers will synthesise existing methods to guide this process; advise the city, and assist in comparing and analysing results.

The organisation of workshops will be led by an organisation with expertise in implementing creative methodologies, such as design thinking, and deploying collaborative tools with local stakeholders in the energy sector.

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