DecarboNet is a research project funded by the European Commission to investigate the potential of social platforms in battling climate change.
Engaging the public in energy debates and encouraging behaviour change are essential strategies for reducing energy consumption and saving our planet.
Studies show that information and technology alone are insufficient for changing behaviour towards energy consumption, and that what is needed is a mixture of socio-technical interventions to raise awareness and trigger this change in behaviour.
How to raise awareness collectively by means of social platforms and how to transform it into behaviour change are some of challenges addressed by the DecarboNet research.
DecarboNet is under the domain of CAPS (Collective Awareness Platforms for Sustainability and Social Innovation),
a FP7 and H2020 research funding programme of the European Commission for leveraging the emerging “network effect” by combining open online social media, distributed knowledge creation and data from real environments (“Internet of Things”) in order to create awareness of problems and possible solutions requesting collective efforts, enabling new forms of social innovation. Visit the CAPS2020 website for more information.