What is TREVE ?
TREVE is for us students the opportunity to create a unique project, which will be placed at the service of the community, and developed in collaboration with outstanding personalities, research institutions and enterprises.
TREVE is a study group based on a cross-disciplinary and multi-scale analysis of energy transition in Europe and the rest of the world. In order to articulate different and complex representations of the European territory, TREVE aims to gather as many experts in different academic fields as possible. We encourage our contributors to express their own and contextualised point of views, and we welcome expertise from external people. Our goal is to take a fresh look at our world, raising awareness on a subject that concerns us all, as well as giving our initiative a personal dimension.
TREVE is founded on a research work, formed by our field survey, our reports and our seminar, which aspires to push forwards young people ideas, hopes and points of views. It also includes an exhibition project, combining our testimony’s content (data collection) with an artistic formal treatment, which will take place among different sites of PSL University in Paris.
Our field survey: purpose and methodology
TREVE questions the pertinence of an “Electric Europe”, defined as the physical continent seen through the prism of its cross-border electricity network, which interconnects different regions. Is a pan-European alliance grid possible? To what extent do cultural and social behaviours enter in conflict with it? Does a common vision of the energy transition within Europe exist?
Our original initiative was shaped as a field survey of 5 months, across 15 European countries and on board of an electric car, examining the constraints that limit the progression of the energy mix towards a 100% renewable mix.
With 90 testimonies collected on the road from grass-root level to international scale and in various fields, TREVE wishes to debunk misconceptions about what we commonly call “green” without distinction, questioning the integration and acceptance of REs, in order to estimate their rightful place in the global energy issue.
Our main topics of research were the followings:
- What are the effective interactions between technological, economic, political, cognitive, social and cultural logics?
- What are the necessary levers for action in order to articulate those logics on different scales and places (towns and decision-making centres; rural areas and main production sites)?
- What is the acceptability of these means of action for the populations dwelling these areas?
- To what extent is there reproducibility of storage and production systems from a territory to another?
To ensure the coherence of our results, we elaborated several types of questionnaires, flexible enough in order to be adapted to the different person we met. We confront every source in a critical way, providing analysis and complements to our interviews with further pieces of evidence and contradictory arguments.
Due to technical constraints (time and transportation), we were only able to cover the North and Western part of Europe. A second field survey could be considered.