The EUCalc project has the goal of delineating emission and sustainable transformation pathways at a European and member state scale. The project will develop an open source model combined with a “Transition Pathways Explorer” as well as learning tools designed to engage and be used by European and national policy makers, businesses, NGOs and other actors of society.

The novel and pragmatic modelling approach is rooted between pure complex society-energy system and integrated impact assessment tools. It introduces an intermediate level of complexity and a multi-sector approach that is based on co-design with scientific and societal actors.

With EUCalc, politicians, innovators and investors will be able to co-create their own pathways online and in real-time and visualise how compliant these are with the European mitigation targets set for different sectors (like buildings, transport, water, industry, energy, or food production).

The analysis of trade-offs and synergies combined with future challenges in energy provision and climate protection will highlight decision making limits and opportunities for policy makers for EU-28 + Switzerland.

There are three key things you need to know about the EUCalc Project:

  1. EUCalc is building an innovative new model for a scientific underpinning of European energy, emissions policy AND the consequent societal, environmental and land use impacts;
  2. EUCalc is one of three critical HORIZON 2020 projects whose results contribute to the work of the EC High-level panel of the European Decarbonisation Pathways Initiatives (EDPI);
  3. EUCalc is aimed at policy makers in EU institutions, Business and Civil society organisations as potential end users.

At a glance
Full Title: EU Calculator: Trade-offs and pathways towards sustainable and low-carbon European Societies
Instrument: Research and Innovation Action (RIA)
Total EU contribution (€): 5,283,351.25
Duration: 40 months
Start Date: 1st November 2016

For more information, please contact the project coordinator Prof. Dr. Jürgen Kropp from the Potsdam Institute of Climate Impact Research.

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