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Dear survey participants,

The EU’s commitment under the Paris Agreement, the Energy Union Strategy, and the European Green Deal aim at a significant transformation of current energy systems. To better understand different alternatives and pathways, a new set of energy modelling tools needs to be developed. In order to address this challenge, interdisciplinary consortia of the EU H2020 SENTINEL and openENTRANCE projects are developing modelling platforms for the European energy transition. Specific needs of various energy model users will be the core of the platforms. 

To design the most suitable tools, we would like to learn more about your needs and demands of future energy models. Your answers will enable us to improve the existing SENTINEL and openENTRANCE models and platforms, according to your needs. The survey is especially directed towards modellers, energy industry, NGOs, and policymakers.

Completing the survey will take you about 20-30 min. Questions with a red dot are mandatory. All others are optional, and you can skip them if you don´t like these questions or are in a hurry.

The collected information will only be used for the purpose of research and will be treated anonymously. By participating in this survey you agree to our data protection standards (see GDPR disclaimer below).

Your answers will be greatly appreciated. We hope you enjoy the survey and thank you for supporting our research.

Kind regards
Hannes Gaschnig,
on behalf of SENTINEL and openENTRANCE

Research Associate
Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS)
Energy Transition Dynamics Group
Berliner Straße 130
14467 Potsdam, Germany


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This survey is anonymous.

The record of your survey responses does not contain any identifying information about you, unless a specific survey question explicitly asked for it.

If you used an identifying token to access this survey, please rest assured that this token will not be stored together with your responses. It is managed in a separate database and will only be updated to indicate whether you did (or did not) complete this survey. There is no way of matching identification tokens with survey responses.


Compliance with the information requirements when personal data is collected from the data subject (Article 13 GDPR)

We would like to inform you here about how we use your data collected in the described survey above on ´user needs of energy models`  in the SENTINEL project, in collaboration with openENTRANCE.

1. Name and contact details

a. Contact details of the controller 

Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies e.V. (IASS)
Berliner Strasse 130, 
14467 Potsdam, 
Phone: +49 331 28822-300, 
Fax: +49 331 28822-310
E-Mail: info@iass-potsdam.de

b. Contact details of the data protection officer

Frau Eva Grübel-Hoffmann
ITM Ges. für IT-Management mbH
Bürgerstraße 81
D-01127 Dresden

2. Processing of your personal data

a. Which personal data do we use and where does your data come from?

Within the survey, we collect data on your working sector, geographical focus, gender, model experience, interest in our work, and primarily your attitudes and preferences regarding models and their improvements in the future.

We used contact details, including names, working places, and email addresses in order to send this survey. These data have been either collected or have been stored within our institutional database on the basis of given consent to do so after personal contact with one of our employees. However, these personal data will not be further used within the analysis, will not be shared with any third parties, and kept confidential.
b. For what purposes and on what legal basis do we process your data?

As a part of the SENTINEL project, data will be collected within the survey among participants interested in the improvement of energy models with a special focus on Europe. These are primarily policy-makers, energy researchers and advisers, members of the energy industry, and non-governmental organisations, but also other stakeholders. The anonymized and aggregated results of the survey will be published in project deliverables, scientific journals, policy briefs, and presented at scientific conferences and workshops.

All responses will be anonymized. This will ensure that responses cannot be subsequently associated with specific persons or institutions. The anonymized and aggregated results will be made accessible to parties within the projects SENTINEL and openENTRANCE, interested survey participants, and in scientific publications.

We process your personal data in accordance with the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the Federal Data Protection Act (BDSG), Germany. The purpose of the processing is the investigation and analysis of attitudes and preferences of existing and potential model and model result users. The examination will be the basis of discussions for user-need-driven improvements of energy models in the projects SENTINEL and openENTRANCE, but also to communicate the results to the scientific community of energy research as well as the interested public. The legal basis for the processing of this data is provided under Article 6 (1) (a), (e), and (f) GDPR.

c. How long will your data be stored?

The written data will be stored for 10 years after the date of collection to ensure good scientific practice. After this time, it will be erased.

d. Is there an obligation to provide data? 

There is no obligation to provide data.

e. Is there automated decision-making, including profiling?

As a responsible institute, we do not use automatic decision-making or profiling.

3. Disclosure of your data

a. Who gets your personal data?

Your contact data will only be used by our employees for the purposes indicated by the corresponding questions in the survey. Your personal data will not be disclosed to third parties other than project partners in SENTINEL and openENTRANCE that also agreed on these data protection rules. Only anonymized results will be published or transmitted to other research organizations.

b. Will your data be transmitted to a third country or to an international organization?

A transfer of personal data to countries outside the European Economic Area (third countries) does not take place.

4. Your rights

You have a right to information (Art.15 GDPR), correction (Art.16 GDPR), cancellation (Art.17 GDPR), limitation of processing (Art.18 GDPR), data transferability (Art.20 DSGVO) and objection to the data processing (Art. 21 GDPR).

You have the right to withdraw your consent at any time.
You have the right to object at any time to processing of personal data which is based on point (e) of Article 6(1) with effect for the future. Please direct your objection to the Institute of Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) or its data protection officer (see 1a and 1b). This does not affect the legality of the data processing carried out prior to your objection.

Furthermore, you have the right to lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority (Art. 77 GDPR). 

Please contact us if you would like to exercise these rights.

Potsdam, 29th of June 2020
Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies e.V. (IASS)
Berliner Straße 130, 14467 Potsdam