The interdisciplinary research project Protanz.NRW focuses on the decarbonization strategies of North Rhine-Westphalia’s (energy-intensive) industry. NRW faces particular challenges due to its economic productivity. In order to support the progressive design processes, the project examines which factors influence the acceptance of infrastructure projects for CO² savings in large-scale industries and which interactions can arise with protest movements in regards to ​​climate and energy in North Rhine-Westphalia.

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Protanz.NRW

Analysis of protest movements in the field of energy and climate protection and their influence on the development of social acceptance of innovative technology paths in the context of industrial decarbonisation strategies in North Rhine-Westphalia.

In order to be largely climate-neutral by 2045, a purposeful (further) development of the transformation of industrial economic structures and infrastructures is necessary. This requires a successful negotiation process between (active) civil society, industry and politics at different levels of decision-making.

In order to support the progressive design processes, the project examines which factors influence the acceptance of infrastructure projects for CO2 savings in large-scale industries, as well as which interdependencies may arise with protest movements in the area of ​​climate and energy in North Rhine-Westphalia. The project Protanz.NRW thus generates knowledge about the issues and reconcilability of socially heterogeneous interests and movements with transformation processes in the North Rhine-Westphalian (energy-intensive) industry.

Thus, the interdisciplinary research project aims to understand forms of protest and conceptions about acceptability in the population. Utilizing different scientific perspectives and methods in a participatory process – both analog and digital – the project also sets out to research the attitude held by the silent majority of the population towards the forms of
protest.

The overarching questions of the project are:

  • Which factors have decisive influence on the social acceptance of infrastructure projects aimed at CO²-reductions in large scale industries?
  • What influence do protest movements from the spheres of energy and climate have on the attitude and acceptance of infrastructure projects, which are aimed at decarbonizing the energy-intensive industry in North Rhine-Westphalia?

Project Management: Wuppertal Institut

Consortium: Bergische Universität Wuppertal, Hochschule Bochum, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, RWTH Aachen, Wuppertal Institut

Funding: Ministerium für Wirtschaft, Innovation, Digitalisierung und Energie des Landes NRW (MWIDE)

Project Duration: 07/2021 – 06/2023