EERA works collaboratively with its members to produce high-quality input for progressing policy making at EU and national level on the energy and climate fields. 

On EERA's vision paper for a more collaborative energy system modelling the research community calls out for: 

  1. A more transparent European practice of energy and climate modelling;
  2. Having a more prominent role in improving the scope and output of model scenarios.

Click here to learn on the main highlights of the paper or click below to download the full paper. 

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As Europe powers through the energy transition, climate mitigation and Strategic Autonomy objectives, the report argues that a strong strategy for long-term demand reduction, encompassing all energy-consuming sectors (not only households), is critical. 

Despite the clear prevalence of demand reduction as a key tool in transforming our energy systems and the economy as a whole, limited research and policy-orientated approaches exist on this topic, as focus has predominantly centred on the technological, supply-side solutions to furthering the CET. 

This report provides a reliable analysis of the state of play of the collective knowledge base on energy demand reduction (IEA, IPCC, etc.) through the lenses of scientists from across Europe, and concludes that the most effective methods to reduce energy demand fuse a combination of three key demand reduction strategies, namely behavioural change, energy efficiency, and energy sufficiency.

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Europe’s journey towards climate neutrality significantly relies on the extensive deployment of low-carbon technologies, which is anticipated to result in a substantial surge in the usage of Critical Raw Materials (CRMs). 

The analysis provides intelligence on how vulnerabilities of the CRM supply chain could affect the EU’s clean technology industry and CET process, as well as a deep dive into five technologies that are central to the CET, namely, solar photovoltaics (PV), wind turbines, batteries, electrolysers and power electronics.

The report shows how these technologies could potentially be affected by disruption of CRM value chains, and provides a set of policy recommendations aimed at addressing geopolitical challenges in securing the supply of CRMs as a whole and for the specific technologies analysed. It ultimately emphasises the central role of research in most of the mitigation strategies available to manage the systemic risks posed by CRM supply security.

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Within just a few months, the EU has been confronted with an energy and security crisis that is both unexpected and unprecedented, threatening the very continuity of its economic activity and social stability.

Prompted by the commitment to reduce oil and gas use, the EU has released its strategic plan to change its energy profile, scale up usage of low-carbon energy sources and maximise energy-efficiency gains.

In this respect, the REPowerEU Plan addresses the multiple challenges of maintaining the EU’s short-term energy security and tackling energy affordability, while simultaneously maintaining its 2050 climate-neutrality targets and building robust EU strategic autonomy.

The EERA REPowerEU Manifesto puts forward the low-carbon research community analysis of the REPowerEU Plan.

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This White Paper on the Clean Energy Transition constitutes EERA’s landmark contribution to advancing understanding of the profound implications such a transition will have beyond technology for our economy and our society. It builds on existing knowledge and provides an instrumental conceptual framework to support policymakers in defining robust, actionable and efficient pathways towards a socially fair, environmentally sustainable, competitive and climate-neutral society.

The paper proposes that the “Clean Energy Transition” (CET), a concept central to EU energy and climate policies, extends well beyond climate neutrality to incorporate the essential dimension of social fairness and link it more broadly to the concepts of global sustainability and societal resilience. Consequently, beyond its core technological aspects, the transition entails socio-economic elements and calls for an interdisciplinary approach to policymaking.

The framework proposed in this paper adopts a holistic approach, based on addressing the sources of greenhouse gas emissions across all economic sectors.

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