RRI policy experimentations for Energy Transition

Responsible research and Innovation Policy Experimentations for Energy Transition (RIPEET) is a Horizon 2020 project aiming to support Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) policy experimentations for energy transition in three European territories - Extremadura (ES), Highlands and Islands of Scotland (UK) and Ostrobothnia (FI).



RIPEET conducts transformative R&I policy experiments aiming to identify niches and to co-create sustainable energy transition pathways with territorial quintuple helix stakeholders which results in more open, transparent and democratic territorial R&I systems.


RIPEET establishes novel, self-sustaining and transparent governance relations within territorial energy R&I eco-systems that are based on open and democratic process of niche and transition management and creates positive societal, democratic, environmental, economic and scientific impacts.


RIPEET creates transformative R&I working methods within and between actors, that promote greater sustainability and inclusiveness, initiating transformation processes of the organisations involved at the level of territories and beyond.


The methodology builds on RRI, transformative innovation, transition management and the Multi-Level-Perspective. RIPEET brings together quintuple helix actors of the territorial socio-technical energy regime in Transition Labs in order to envisage and implement a place-based energy transition process. Building on this evolutionary model of socio-technical transitions, RIPEET will use existing landscape and regime-level pressures to facilitate the development of territorial socio-technical futures based on RRI actions. The governance and agency in this transformative process will be organised within the Transition Labs. These Labs will bring together stakeholders to co-create common visions based on the potentials and priorities of territorial eco-systems (mapping and visioning), generate transition pathways and innovation needs, launching a call for immediate bottom-up solutions to these (pathways and piloting) and anchor the process on organisational as well as policy level (sustainability and exploitation). The framework conditions, processes and outcomes of these experiments will be mapped, monitored and evaluated. This constitutes an evidence-base for the revision of sectoral policies, strategies and research and innovation (R&I) instruments as well as for establishing a European RIPEET community. Therefore, RIPEET will support territories in establishing experimental spaces to address the territorial dimensions of the European Green Deal.


Policy level

More open, transparent and democratic R&I systems

  • Introducing RRI core dimensions in the innovation process
  • Implementing participatory policy experiments
  • Co-creating visions and developing transition pathways
  • Complementing EU policy framework

Stakeholder level

Transformation of the organisations involved (beyond the lifetime of the project)

  • Adopting RRI principles and tools at territorial level
  • Adopting RRI principles and tools in the energy sector
  • Adopting the RIPEET methodology

Innovation level

Societal, democratic, environmental, economic & scientific impacts 

  • Including society in the energy innovation eco-system
  • Providing targeted energy innovation solutions
  • Validating transition management approaches