REEEM AIMS to gain a clear and comprehensive understanding of the system-wide implications of energy strategies in support of transitions to a competitive low-carbon EU energy society, given the objectives and framework outlined in the Strategic Energy Technology Plan. The provisions of the energy services in this society will be defined by their sustainability, affordability, efficiency, energy security and reliability.
The supportive technology impact assessments will target the full integration from demand to supply and from the individual to the entire system. It will further address the trade-offs across society, environment and economy along the whole transition pathway.
A focus on behavioral aspects and on technology research, development and innovation will be included. The strong integration of stakeholder involvement in the whole process of energy system development will be addressed as a main aspect of the project. In support of this overall aim, this project is developed to address four main objectives: (1) to develop an integrated assessment framework (2) to define pathways towards a low-carbon society and assess their potential implications (3) to bridge the science-policy gap through a clear communication using decision support tools and (4) to ensure transparency in the process.
DEVELOPING AN INTEGRATED ASSESSMENT FRAMEWORK:
Develop and apply a suite of integrated tools and methodologies within a robust and transparent analytical framework comprising the full range from individual actors to the entire system. Provide a test-bed through this framework for more detailed assessments of the implications of technology transitions on a region or country (e.g., through case studies) as well as on innovation in individual technologies.
DEFINING AND ASSESSING PATHWAYS AND CASE STUDIES:
Define pathways towards a low-carbon energy society based on the SET-Plan and its Integrated Roadmap. Assess the implications of these pathways on the environment, economy and society and derive recommendations. Consider aspects such as the impact of the time horizon of political decisions, uncertainty and sensitivity of key assumptions, the robustness of results, and the resilience of the derived energy system.
CREATING A SCIENCE-POLICY INTERFACE:
Enable policy makers to understand the implications of these pathways and derive supportive strategies. Process the knowledge on the implications of different technology measures adjusted to the needs of decision makers involved in policy making and energy strategy formulation. Provide a range of dissemination materials and decision support tools to raise awareness and increase the participation in the energy policy debate.
Enable others to challenge assumptions by ensuring all model development will be open source, by publishing data sets developed within this project and by providing thorough and clear documentation of the work developed within REEEM. Develop educational material such as e-learning tools for this purpose, (Note: If the use of proprietary data will be beneficial for the final output, access to this data will need to comply with any proprietary requirements. The use of such data will however be avoided).