Online engagement for sustainable energy projects

Barrios-O'Neill, Danielle and Schuitema, Geertje (2016) Online engagement for sustainable energy projects. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 54. pp. 1611-1621. ISSN 1364-0321

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Abstract / Summary

This paper addresses the question, how can sustainable energy projects increase engagement from consumers using interactive media communications? To this end, a systematic literature review was conducted in order to synthesise findings across four major disciplines, with the goal of identifying current and imminent challenges, as well as potential solutions, to engaging consumers with sustainable energy projects in the era of interactive media. The authors propose a Socially Dynamic Communications Framework (SDCF) that can be used organisationally to address core challenges and generate solutions within a single iterative cycle. Initial findings indicate that consumer behaviours are most likely to be influenced through strategic social interactions using diverse, networked platforms, in order to be meaningful in contemporary social and technological contexts. Furthermore, this type of interaction is likely to become integral to future energy delivery systems, making interactive, online engagement with energy initiatives an important area for investigation. While many organisations may cite a lack of control in digital and social media as a risk justifying avoidance, the majority of engagement and marketing literature emphasise the greater risk inherent in not engaging effectively online.

Item Type: Article
Identification Number: 10.1016/j.rser.2015.10.084
Uncontrolled Keywords: renewable energy, sustainability, communications, digital media, digital games, corporate responsibility, energy, social media
ISSN: 1364-0321
Subjects: Business
Technology > Digital Works > Apps
Geography & Environment > Climate Change
Technology > Digital Works > Digital Games
Communication > Media > Digital Media
Technology > Digital Works
Communication > Media
Social Sciences
Courses by Department: The School of Writing & Journalism > English & Writing
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Depositing User: Danielle Barrios-O'Neill
Date Deposited: 21 Apr 2017 09:39
Last Modified: 11 Nov 2022 16:31


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