Abstract for: The effectiveness of educational interventions for green transformation: a system dynamics approach

Deciding to change an energy system depends on many factors, but the first essential step in the process is to gain a multi-level understanding of the system itself, as well as the consequences associated with its use. Education of potential future users of green energy should cover economic, technical as well as social or health issues. Lack of awareness or low awareness of the need for change or of the possibilities for support in carrying out the energy transition process leads to abandonment. This paper employs a system dynamics approach to design educational interventions to enhance local decarbonization process. The aim of the study is to improve the knowledge about the effectiveness of educational interventions that are implemented in an urban environment. In particular, the goal is to understand both the barriers to adopting educational policies for green transformation and to better identify the mechanisms that support their effectiveness. This paper presents a preliminary system dynamics model, developed on the basis of selected design scenarios. It provides a starting point for a debate on the feasibility of developing system dynamics solutions to support the elimination of fossil fuel boilers in individual households.