Flexible, sustainable and high quality living
In 2035 we want to live flexible, sustainable and high quality lives. We wish to have ample choice with regards to where we live, what we eat and how we move around.
For example, we want to live in communities where we produce our own food and energy and where we share products with our neighbours. At the same time however, we want to have instant access to high quality, healthy meals, cooling and heating networks, the living space and the mobility services all over the world. We also want to pay for these services in a novel way, for instance, by physically excercising.
Sustainable life means that all resources are, to the extent possible, renewable. High quality refers to comfortable and healthy lifestyles that allow space for individual choices. Also our ideas about ownership change. In 2035 we have access to goods rather than possess them. In this flexible, sustainable and high quality living energy is only an enabler.
This implies that we need to arrange our energy system in a different way. These implications are both of technical as well as organisational nature: we need to consider how we translate our physical activity into payment units for energy or transportation; how we measure and record the material and energy intensity of products and services; what system can facilitate a prosumer behaviour; how we make energy universally available and accessible for all; what the new roles of consumers, utilities or state actors are and how are the new responsibilities divided?