Increasing energy sustainability among consumers
About The Challenge
Lithuania is striving to achieve the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) to become carbon neutral by 2050, therefore, the engagement of public and private actors is crucial. The energy sector is transforming by applying new regulations and modern technologies, it is becoming greener, more decentralized, and empowers consumers more than ever. Now consumers have a chance to be more active and sustainable in many ways, e.g., they can produce, store, and even share renewable electricity with each other, they can offset their carbon footprint, switch to biogas and more. This means that in the energy sector consumers play a key role in decarbonizing our planet. Nevertheless, in real life consumers are not demonstrating their full potential, and consumer engagement in becoming more energy sustainable is still at a low level.
Ignitis Group is looking for different solutions to increase the energy sustainability among consumers. Encouraging consumers to choose green renewable energy for their consumption, installing electricity generation capacities on their property, choosing e-mobility, forming and joining renewable energy communities – these are several of the renewable energy initiatives. In order to come up with new solutions to encourage consumers’ active participation and sustainability, it is important to implement new business models, new technologies and economic incentives.
The share of renewable energy in total final energy consumption is the main indicator to assess progress toward Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 7.2. In 2020 the share of energy from renewable sources in total final consumption of energy in Lithuania was 27.36%.
(Source: Statistics of Lithuania, in Lithuanian)
Even though the share of sustainable energy in total final energy consumption is increasing every year, the growth is still too slow. The Republic of Lithuania Law on Energy from Renewable Resources states that in 2025 the share of energy from renewable sources will account for at least 38% as compared with the country’s gross final energy consumption level.
Desired state - potential impact
Solving the challenge will help to create a vision of how to increase sustainability among energy consumers and achieve a carbon neutral future in the energy sector.
Ignitis Group hopes that challenge participants by choosing one or more of these suggested fields below will be able to come up with solutions that would create the right initiatives to encourage consumers:
- To choose green renewable energy for their consumption.
- To choose e-mobility - move away from CO2-emitting fossil fuels towards energy supplied from electrical power sources.
- To install electricity generation capacities on their property (e.g., solar PV, other).
- To form and join renewable energy communities.
- To be interested in natural gas alternatives and choose green gas (e.g., biogas).
- To compensate their carbon footprint using CO2 offsets.
Energy consumers, government.
The challenge will be solved in the module “Development of Challenge-Based Innovation” (6 ECTS), delivered by experienced teamchers of Kaunas University of Technology (Lithuania).
Duration: 01 03 2022 – 31 05 2022
Application deadline: 26 02 2022
Workload: 6 ECTS. 160 academic hours: 32 academic hours of online meetings with teamchers, 128 academic hours of individual and group work. Students will work in multi-disciplinary and international teams together with peer students, the teamcher (University lecturer) and the challenge provider.
Format: Online. The challenge will be solved in Kaunas, Lithuania. It involves virtual student mobility. Physical mobility is encouraged, but not mandatory.
Learning objectives and competence development: Sustainability in consuming energy, renewable energy sources. Challenge-based learning approach, effective teamwork and leadership, interdisciplinary and intercultural communication, project management, critical analysis, creativity, competitiveness and pitching an idea, resilience to failure.
Eligiability: Students of ECIU member universities. Enrolled in a master’s degree programme, or 3rd or 4th year of a bachelor’s degree programme (completed at least 120 ECTS at Bachelor’s level).
Credit type: 6 ECTS. Transcript of records from Kaunas University of Technology (with title and ECTS of the module), ECIU certificate from ECIU University (with title, duration and provider of the challenge).
Number of seats available: 15