Samen Besparen

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Samen Besparen

Status project: Lopend

Samen Besparen focusses on the fight against poverty, involving people with low social economic status with the energy transition and creating sustainable residential areas. By meeting the needs and wishes of the residents and by collaborating with social partners this project aims to make the residential area both more durable and liveable.

A successful pilot has shown that some residents do not have the opportunities to actively participate in energy savings. This is because of debt and other issues resulting in a lower priority of realising energy savings, even though the residents are enthusiastic about sustainability and energy savings.

Semi-structured interviews were conducted in order to map out the starting point (energy consumption and awareness) and wishes of the residents. Based on the results, a process started in which connection was made with initiatives of the occupants (such as organizing a neighbourhood party) and energy coaches that are specifically trained for the target group. Together with the help of social partners, the residents will be able to save energy. In addition, a social network and stakeholder analysis have been conducted. As a result of this, the aim is to set up an action plan, created in collaboration with the municipality of Assen and the province of Drenthe, to develop procedure of process by means of chain management in an effort to make the social economy of the region more sustainable.

Research questions

How can a problematic district in cooperation with all organizations that inhabitants have contact with can be made more sustainable?


  1. How can energy poverty be combated?
  2. How can people with a lower social-economic status participate in the energy transition?
  3. How do we get to an integral district focused approach, where there is attention for all the problems occurring in the district?

Methods used

  1. Campaign “Speur de Energieslurper
  2. Developing and evaluating a short study for energy coaches for a “heavy loaded target group)
  3. Social network analysis (supporting parties)
  4. Importance analyses (all involved parties)
  5. Interviews
  6. Questionnaires (e.g. effect measurements)
  7. Process and chain-control

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