Analysing Transition Planning and Systemic Energy Planning Tools for the implementation of the Energy Technology Information System

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Analysing Transition Planning and Systemic Energy Planning Tools for the implementation of the Energy Technology Information System

Over the last few years a growth in public concern about energy and environmental issues has appeared. Despite this wide concern Europe is not in the pathway to meet its policy goals regarding the environmental and energy issues. The challenges of climate change, security of energy supply and competitiveness are related and require a multidisciplinary and coordinated response. In order to meet the environmental and energy targets, the cost of clean energy technologies must decrease and the European industry must be the forerunner of the low carbon technology sector.

In order to meet the greater ambition of reducing the greenhouse gas emissions by large amounts in 2050, new generations of technologies must be developed through breakthroughs in research. On one hand, the transition to a low carbon future, should prioritize the improvement of the European innovation system on energy technologies by creating at first the framework conditions and incentives for the development of new energy technologies. In order to achieve this, a formulation of a coherent strategy is necessary, coordinating the efforts of all Member States. On the other hand, effective strategic planning requires regular and reliable information and data. Essential components to provide this information are tools or methods that offer a better insight in technology transition analysis and planning, along with tools that focus on energy systems modeling.

To achieve the transition of Europe to a low carbon future the Strategic Energy Technology Plan has been launched, focusing on strengthening and giving coherence to the overall effort in Europe in the direction of new energy technologies development, and deployment. This will help in the acceleration of innovation in low carbon technologies which facilitate the achievement of the environmental targets set for 2020 and the analysis of the energy system for 2050.

The SET plan proposes a number of concrete actions to develop a more coherent energy research landscape in Europe one of which is the establishment of an information system which will "map" technologies and provide updated information to support policy making (SETIS).

The aim of ATEsT is to enhance SETIS with tools and methodologies for transition analysis and planning by the joint effort of European research institutes and the JRC, the implementing body of SETIS.

In order to facilitate the development of the information system, ATEsT will bring together EU competence on the transition towards a sustainable and low carbon energy system through energy innovation, encompassing transition planning, energy modelling activities, and technology assessment. This will be achieved by creating a platform in which techniques and data are collected, harmonized and shared.
Funded by the 7th Framework Programme
The ATEsT project is co-financed by the European Commission with contract No. 241382
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