Challenges in pathways towards a 100% renewable energy system

The session addresses the challenging needs for i) knowledge on technologies and policies, ii) integration of different scopes in modelling, iii) taking into account benefits of energy efficiency first principle and iv) synergies across energy sectors and energy policies in future energy scenarios for Europe.

The purpose of this event is:

  • to showcase the evidence-based feasibility of smart energy system approach in energy planning and modelling,
  • to promote the inclusion of different modelling scopes in the creation of energy policies,
  • to advocate the importance of double energy efficiency measures on demand and supply side, and
  • to highlight the need for insight on the technology costs and the energy policies effectiveness.

The session intends to initiate a dialogue about the temporal, geographical and sectoral scopes of energy system modelling (annual vs hourly analysis, use of geospatial analysis and GIS, interconnection of countries, sectoral integration and synergies), and their impact on assessment of the most cost-effective energy transition pathways. It will challenge the current tools that follow a silo-paradigm when simulate energy sectors and show limited ability to model the intermittent nature of renewables. It will also showcase online assessment tools for low-carbon technologies and policies.

The session will demonstrate innovative approaches and methodologies to developing holistic and research‐based scenarios of the future European energy system. These approaches include the Smart Energy System concept, with integration of renewable energy by identifying synergies between sectors supported by using low‐cost energy storage across sectors and a high level of electrification, and sustainable use of carbon sources and sinks ; the Energy Efficiency first principle which results in massive gains on both supply and demand side ; the policy framework, with consideration of instruments, design and synergies of existing policies. It will thus provide inputs for the next steps of the EU policy on energy transition, in respect with the Energy Union targets and the Paris Agreement.

The primary target groups are modelling community, technical decision makers and policy-makers who are responsible for energy planning and modelling matters, or the developing and directing energy policies in relevant agencies or administrations on the EU or national level. Furthermore the target groups include energy experts, researchers, energy technology companies and NGO’s, all those who play a role in the shaping of Europe’s future energy system.


Brian Vad Mathiesen_Picture
Aalborg University
University College London
LUT University
Marta Victoria_Picture
Aarhus University
Bernd Moeller_Picture
Centre for Sustainable Energy Systems, Europa-Universität Flensburg
Jakob Zinck Thellufsen_Picture
Assistant Professor
Aalborg University
Hans van Steen_Picture
Adviser, Acting Director on Renewables, Research and Innovation, Energy Efficiency
DG for Energy, European Commission