Shaping Europe’s energy future; what pathway would you choose for the EU to get to net zero - a sneak peek of EUCALC!

Introduction

The H2020 European Calculator project – a.k.a EUCalc - aims to provide decision makers with an accessible modelling solution on European Member State and will launch the Beta Version of the new model on the occasion of the European Energy week. The novel and pragmatic modelling approach is rooted between pure complex society-energy system and integrated impact assessment tools. The model relates emission reduction with human lifestyles, the exploitation and / or conservation of natural resources, job creation, energy production, agriculture, costs, etc. in one highly integrative approach and tool which enables decision makers to get real-time policy support underpinned by comprehensive trade-off and co-benefit analyses considering approx. 40 different sectors.

Through EUCalc the consortium* fills the gap between classical modelling approaches and the practical needs of decision-makers which call for more transparency. The approach is based on an  interactive tool designed to stimulate discussion and debate and during the session we will be inviting participants to actually explore "live" transformation pathways and explore the impacts of trade-offs and co-benefits arising from interventions at sectoral (buildings, transport, agriculture, etc.), behavioural, country or incremental levels of emissions and warming.

Content

A 10 minute presentation by project lead Prof. Dr. Juergen Kropp (PIK) on the fundamental principles of the EUCalc, its scientific underpinning, and the role it can play in :

• Supporting the European 2050 Road Map towards low carbon economies by delivering an integrated interactive tool which is built up from an inclusive and evidence-based approach with stakeholders.

• Promoting informed debate around the European competitive low-carbon economy in 2050 and a resilient Energy Union with a forward-looking climate change policy.

• Allowing previews of selected LTS's (Long-Term Strategies)

 The second part of the talk, facilitated by Michel Cornet, will invite participants to suggest a series of pathway choices; this will then lead to discussing the impact and interaction between the various sectors and outputs from the model, how they are inter-related, and show the potential (and often surprising) benefits to society at large.

 * EUCalc consortium members: Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, Imperial College of Science Technology & Medicine, Climact SA, Buildings Performance Institute Europe ASBL, Austrian Society for Environment and Technology, University of Copenhagen, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology of Lausanne, University of East Anglia, PANNON Pro Innovations Ltd., Climate Media Factory UG, T6 Ecosystems srl, SEE Change Net, Delft University of Technology 

 

Speakers

Prof. Dr. Juergen Kropp
Deputy chair for Research Domain II “Climate Resilience” and heads the Research Area on Urban Transformations
Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research
Michel Cornet Climact
Project Leader Climact
Climact
Garret Patrick Kelly SEE Change Net
Energy Talks Session Facilitator
SEE Change Network