The Netherlands transition away from Natural Gas!
The Netherlands has committed to discontinuing natural gas use by 2050. This requires the cooperation of millions of households; in The Netherlands 7.9 million households use 10 billion m3 (bcm) of natural gas. To address this major challenge, the project ENRGISED plans to develop an intervention strategy in which citizens mobilize each other and help make alternatives acceptable. The strategy follows three phases: (1) identify, (2) activate and (3) accelerate.
Phase 1: Identification
In this phase, specific households (nodes) in a social network are identified whose actions may influence others to act too, i.e., the seed nodes.
Phase 2: Activation
In the second phase, households are activated to move away from natural gas use and adopt a renewable energy source. In this phase, we will use action research and design for behaviour change methods.
Phase 3: Acceleration
In phase 3 we will work from the concept of social contagion, a chain reaction of influence: subsequent decisions by neighbours will accelerate a network-wide transition.