Energy Transition Game
The role-playing social simulation that allows to experience social, economic and environmental challenges of energy transition.
Poland | 26/01/2016 –
The Energy Transition Game (ETG) is a role-playing social simulation (that is, a multi-player serious game with a focus on direct interaction among participants) developed to engage a wide group of stakeholders in experiencing social, economic and environmental challenges of transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources. Its aim is to highlight the human negative impact on climate and to stimulate discussion on sustainable growth. ETG combines the elements of systems analysis and simulation techniques with creative group scenario building, role-playing and communication enhancing methods. The reality in ETG is simulated via the interaction of roleplayers and the use of game elements (boards, tokens, cards). As a result, ETG offers a realistic representation of a human-nature system in which energy obtained from nature is essential to ensure the wellbeing of the citizens. During the 6 hour-long simulation, 12-30 participants enter roles of various actors taking part in the transition process (e.g. energy producers and providers, technology start-ups, ministries or NGOs). Each role has different agenda, objectives, and understanding of the problem. For example, energy producers may seek to maximize their profits without any regard for the environment, which can result in climate-related disasters. Meanwhile, technology start-ups can concentrate on introducing renewable energy production technologies to the market. However, the innovations may not necessarily be as effective as expected due to outdated infrastructure that has to be fixed by the underfinanced government. All these, and many other, interactions create a complex system of connections and dependencies. ETG mirrors the most important features of the real world and highlights the need for collaboration and communication. Furthermore, it presents real-life issues connected with energy transitions–financial problems, the importance of adapting infrastructure to new inventions, and the results of mismanaging this process.
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