Lowering electricity consumption in European households through community participation and technological solutions


The PARENT project gives you the opportunity to reduce your household energy consumption and engage in your local community. Using smart meters, we will analyse your energy consumption and provide tailored information, tips and activities aimed at increasing your household energy efficiency. We will develop a participatory platform for energy management and organise workshops to encourage involvement and support among the local community.

Have a look at a first version of this platform by clicking the video on the right. Throughout the project, the platform will be improved and co-developed with citizens of each participating city.

PARENT will operate across four European cities, linking up Amsterdam, Brussels (Forest and Watermael-Boitsfort), Bergen, and Barcelona. In each of these cities, we will work with local authorities, electricity providers, and citizens to build communities that will then collectively reduce household electricity consumption. By ensuring transparency, the project will address social acceptance of smart meters and the technology we use.

PARENT stands for PARticipatory platform for sustainable ENergy managemenT. The project partners are Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Enerbyte Smart Energy Solutions, University of Bergen, Resourcefully, Utrecht University, Blue Planet Academy & Consulting, Commune de Forest, Commune de Watermael-Boitsfort, Agencia d’Energia de Barcelona, Municipality of Bergen and City of Amsterdam.

Our team is funded for a period of three years (2016-2019) by a range of national research bodies that are coordinated through the Joint Programming Initiative “Urban Europe”.