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Transforming the European energy system

How can the EU implement its climate targets without losing sight of social, economic, and environmental objectives? Indicators developed by ITAS in the EU project SUPEERA are intended to provide orientation in the evaluation of energy policies.
Logo des Projekts SUPEERA
The European Energy Research Alliance (EERA) launched the SUPEERA project.
SUPEERA-Auftakt in Brüssel mit Projektpartnern aus Dänemark, Frankreich, Deutschland, Norwegen und Finnland. (Quelle: EERA)
SUPEERA kick-off meeting in Brussels with project partners from Denmark, France, Germany, Norway, and Finland. (Source: EERA)

In line with the “Green Deal” of the new EU Commission, aimed at making Europe climate-neutral by 2050, the European Energy Research Alliance (EERA) launched the SUPEERA project in January 2020. Over the next three years, the project partners from five countries will focus on supporting the implementation of the central SET Plan, the EU Strategic Energy Technology Plan. The key point is to take into account not only the technical but also the social, economic, and political dimensions of the transformation.

Policy advice based on indicators

In the SUPEERA project, ITAS has taken on the task of identifying and standardizing national and Europe-wide indicators for the evaluation of policy measures. “Indicators such as the electricity mix, installed capacity, or land use help identify the intended and unintended effects of energy policies,” explains Witold-Roger Poganietz, head of the ITAS research group Socio-Technical Energy Futures. “In SUPEERA,” says Poganietz, “we develop a set of indicators that is consistently linked to the models of the European energy system platform OpenENTRANCE. In this way, we want to create a benchmark for indicator-based policy advice.”(17.02.2020)

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