ACCTING will produce knowledge and innovations to advance behavioural change at individual, group, and societal levels, for an inclusive and equal European Green Deal.
The global climate crisis is not only an ecological crisis but also an economic, social and political crisis, with devasting and deadly impacts on individuals, families, collectives of people, economies, and societies. It is increasingly recognised by the scientific and policy communities that while both the impact of climate change and the capacity to mitigate its negative impacts affects all segments of society, they are not evenly distributed either across or within societies; it is the poorer, marginalised and vulnerable groups who are the most acutely affected. Averting, or even mitigating this crisis requires transformative change; changes in societal practices; and, in this frame, in the behaviour of individuals, communities, and organisations.
The project relies on a 12 European partner consortium and some hundred researchers in 30+ countries during 2021–2025. It is one of two projects funded under the EU Horizon 2020 grant “Behavioural, social and cultural change for the Green Deal, under the call “Building a low-carbon, climate resilient future: Research and innovation in support of the European Green Deal”.
By providing in-depth knowledge of inequalities caused or worsened by Green Deal policies and involving stakeholders in the co-creation of solutions, ACCTING will have four main impacts:
1. Make visible the effects of the Green Deal on vulnerable people and the emergence of new forms of discrimination and inequality.
2. Empower policymakers to take measures that alleviate or mitigate the adverse effects of Green Deal policies on inequalities and vulnerable groups.
3. Stimulate initiatives taken by citizens and NGOs to involve society and more specifically vulnerable groups to adapt their behaviour to climate change, and use these to inspire and facilitate their uptake.
4. Develop new concepts of bottom-up initiatives that have positive impacts on inequalities and discrimination to inspire policymakers and other stakeholders to adopt them and develop them further.
Measured, quantitative outcomes / project impact
ICLEI will create links, ensure the mapping of bottom-up initiatives, involve local policy-makers in the co-creation activities, and will support the development and promotion of the guidelines.
ICLEI will be leading Task 5.2 on the implementation of the pilot actions that will be based on the first cycle of the Operational Recommendations and will illustrate their applicability, effectiveness and efficiency. This will be developed through an Open Call for Pilot Action Proposals to the EU, which will require involving a wide range of stakeholders and bottom-up initiatives that ICLEI EURO will be able to secure by its more than 160+ members and international network (local authorities, CSOs, Industry and SME associations, etc). ICLEI EURO will also play a key role in the promotion of the guidelines and project results in Task 7.4 as well as achieving the expected project impacts amongst its members and beyond.