EUcalc – Trade-offs and Pathways towards Sustainable and Low-carbon European Societies

Source: EU H2020

Partner: EPFL, PIK, Imperial, Climact, BPIE, ÖGUT, University of Copenhagen, UEA, PPIS, Climate Media Factory, T6 Ecosystems, SEE Change Net, TU Delft

Duration: Nov 2016 – Nov 2019 (36 months)

External website: http://www.european-calculator.eu

Abstract:

The European Calculator aims to provide decision makers with a highly accessible, user-friendly, dynamic modelling solution to quantify the sectoral energy demand, greenhouse gas (GHG) trajectories and social implications of lifestyles and energy technology choices in Europe.

Its scientific mission is to develop a sophisticated, yet accessible, model to fill the gap between integrated climate-energy-economy models and the practical needs of decision-makers.

The novel and pragmatic modelling approach is rooted between pure complex energy system and emissions models 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.

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 analyses.

The overall structure, and respective interactions, of work packages in the EUCalc project have been summarized in figure below.

Contact person: Xiang Li (xiang.li@epfl.ch)