AMS Participatory Value Evaluation

Assessment model for promoting social acceptance of sustainable energy policies

In this project, an alternative method of Cost-Benefit Analysis (CBA) will be further developed for valuing citizens’ ethical considerations in investments of sustainable energy policies: Participatory Value Evaluation (PVE). Classical CBAs have difficulty incorporating citizens’ ethical considerations concerning such decisions, affecting social acceptance. From 2018 till 2021 we will investigate the application of PVE trough citizen panels about different sustainable energy policies that could be implemented in Amsterdam.

In a PVE, citizens choose a portfolio of policies given one or more constraints (budget/ sustainability target). Using these individual choices, behavioral choice models are estimated that subsequently form the basis for an economic evaluation of different policies.

This project aims to contribute to the construction and use of ethically sensitive policy evaluation through the further development of PVEs. First, we investigate the extent to which PVE allows for the inclusion of citizens’ ethical considerations through conducting PVEs in which we explicitly include morally salient features of sustainable energy policies. We then develop novel behavioral discrete choice models that measure the extent to which citizens are willing to forego personal benefits to foster ethical considerations. We use the resulting ethically informed utility functions for the economic assessment of sustainable energy policies. Second, we explore whether different applications of PVE can foster procedural justice by including the possibility of deliberation and co-design and study how these PVE applications impact citizens’ social acceptance of sustainable energy policies.

Project duration May 2018 – May 2021

Partners TU Delft, VU Amsterdam, Twynstra Gudde, Decisio, Harmelink Consulting, Greenvis, ABN AMRO Bank, Waternet, VolkerWessels, Quintel Intelligence, Ministerie van Economische Zaken, Enpuls, Municipality of Amsterdam

Project leader Dr. mr. Niek Mouter, TU Delft, n.mouter[@]

Contact person(s) Maartje Meesterberends, AMS Institute, maartje.meesterberends[@]