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Thomas Pellerin-Carlin

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Research Fellow, European Energy Policy. Graduate of the College of Europe’s Master in European ...
Pierre Serkine

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Pierre Serkine joined KIC InnoEnergy in 2014 where he is now End-User Architect, acting as executive ...
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The energy transition through crowd-based innovation: a challenge for the EU

on September 13, 2016, 16:48
Tribune - Thomas Pellerin-Carlin and Pierre Serkine

With its Energy Union Research Innovation and Competitiveness Strategy (EURICS), the EU can kill three birds with one innovative stone: to boost its competitiveness, Europe should become the global provider of low-carbon solutions, an objective best achieved democratically - with citizens at the centre and in the driving seat of Innovation.
To do this, this Tribune by Thomas Pellerin-Carlin, research fellow at the Jacques Delors Institute and Pierre Serkine, End-User Architect at KIC InnoEnergy, argues that:
  • Europe needs a renewed approach to competitiveness and put innovation at its core.
  • Innovation policy is more legitimate when it is democratic. The EU should therefore create a citizen-based instrument to steer European energy innovation.
  • To the benefit of both competitiveness and democracy, the EU should propel a crowd-based digital platform where innovators and citizens can co-create innovations that are democratically selected, and crowd-financed by citizens, business angels, local communities and the EU. On this platform, EU budget allocation would be very simple: where an EU citizen invests one euro, the EU invests one euro. Supported projects can then become a start-up or an intrapreneurship project.
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