An important objective of the e-Highway2050 project is to rely on the constant involvement of stakeholders from science and research, business, politics and society from the outset as well as during the process of drafting the Modular Development Plan of the Pan-European Transmission System 2050. In this way, the needs and interests of the various stakeholder groups can be taken into account, allowing an actionable pan-European development plan to be developed that will garner wide acceptance.
The networking of relevant stakeholders also ensures an essential exchange of knowledge: The stakeholders will be informed about actions taken, individual project steps and results and can continuously contribute their knowledge to the drafting process through various channels. The main channels of exchange between the stakeholders and project consortium are:
- Workshops: During the project, a total of seven workshops covering specific subjects will be conducted. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss any concerns or comments with work package leaders.
- Consultations: Interim results from the project, including any specific queries about individual work packages, will be published on the website under ‘Consultation’ and are open for discussion.
- The Electricity Highways Stakeholder Platform (EHSP) was established by the European Commission (DG Energy). The EHSP basically comprises national representatives and representatives from the relevant stakeholder groups. They are involved throughout the entire e-Highway2050 project and meet twice a year. The platform will also extend beyond the project's duration.
- Besides publishing professional articles, the e-Highway consortium will regularly present approaches, methodology and interim results at external, third-party events, thereby facilitating a transparent exchange of information.
- The first task of the project was to conduct a pan-European stakeholder analysis and develop a comprehensive stakeholder framework. Individual stakeholders and institutions, which were identified by the analysis, are kept informed via mailings about project news such as upcoming events and publications. The list of key and interested stakeholders will be updated throughout the project's duration and expanded with interested stakeholders.
- The project website serves as an information and exchange platform. All stakeholders are invited to send their questions and comments to the project consortium via the contact form.