Europe has adopted more ambitious energy policy objectives to achieve a low carbon scenario by 2050. The changes in energy policy reflect a re-orientation away from specific technological solutions and markets towards ‘system’ transformation. This reorientation recognises that technological solutions alone are likely to be insufficient to address the ‘grand challenges’ in energy and that enhanced policy advice is necessary to understand the complex interaction of a variety of socio-technical elements, such as consumer behaviour and acceptance, markets and technologies. This joint programme on Economic, Environmental and Social Impacts seeks to address this.


  1. Public perception and engagement, NTNU (NO)
  2. Analysis of innovation support for low-carbon technologies, VITO (BE)
  3. Life Cycle Approach for evaluating the sustainability performance of energy technologies, CIEMAT (ES)
  4. Energy models for a system assessment of European low-carbon energy futures: markets, environmental and economic impacts, ENEA (IT)
  5. Sustainable low-carbon platform, VTT (FI)

UK Representation

The UK involvement is being led by Prof. Jim Watson of UKERC. Please contact Prof. Watson or Michael Weston for more information and to get involved.