The cluster LCE-21-2015 successfully organised the Second Meeting of an Energy Modelling Platform for Europe (EMP-E) 2018 in Brussels
September 25 – 26th , 2018
EC headquarters, Brussels 21 rue du champ de Mars – Marsveldstraat, 1050 Brussels
The cluster of four Horizon 2020 projects[i] working on “Modelling and analysing the energy system, its transformation and impacts”, organised the second conference of the Energy Modelling Platform for Europe (EMP-E) 2018, hosted by the European Commission DG Research & Innovation in Brussels on September 25th and 26th.
[i] All four projects (SET-Nav, MEDEAS, REEEM, REFLEX) have received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme within the call LCE-21-2015 - Modelling and analysing the energy system, its transformation and impacts.
Day 1: Plenary sessions
The agenda of this year’s conference of the Energy Modelling Platform included on day one three plenary sessions. Thanks to the active involvement of EC representatives, stakeholders from policy making and industry as well as leading researchers, we managed to bridge the gap between modelling research and policy making at European, regional and local level.
08:30 - 09:30 ARRIVAL AND SET-UP / INSTALLATION OF POSTERS
09:30 - 10:00 WELCOME & INTRODUCTION
10:00 - 11:30 PLENARY SESSION I: INNOVATION IN THE ENERGY TRANSITION
11:30 - 12:00 POSTER SNEAK PEEK I/II
12:00 - 13:30 LUNCH BREAK / POSTER SESSION
13:30 - 15:00 PLENARY SESSION II: INTEGRATED MODELLING OF ENERGY AND RESOURCE EFFICIENCY
15:00 - 15:30 POSTER SNEAK PEEK II/II
15:30 - 16:00 COFFEE BREAK
16:00 - 17:30 PLENARY SESSION III: MODELLING OF BEHAVIOURAL ASPECTS
17:30 - 18:00 CLOSING SESSION: MISCELLANEOUS, DISCUSSION OF TOPICS FOR NEXT YEAR
19:00 - 23:00 CONFERENCE DINNER
Day 2: Focus groups
On day two, participants contributed to three out of nine parallel focus groups, dealing with specialized topics. Focus groups particularly emphasize group discussions and interactive exchange of experiences between the participants. Seven focus groups are set up and headed by researchers from either SET-Nav, MEDEAS, REFLEX or REEEM projects while two focus groups slots were organised by external researchers from the modelling community.
08:30 - 09:00 ARRIVAL AND SET-UP / INSTALLATION OF POSTERS
09:00 - 10:45 FOCUS GROUPS: PARALLEL SESSION 1
- Parallel session 1A: Open databases
- Parallel session 1B: Energy, Climate and Macroeconomic Relationships
- Parallel session 1C: Technological Learning
10:45 - 11:15 coffee break
11:15 - 13:00 FOCUS GROUPS: PARALLEL SESSION 2
- Parallel session 2A: Open Energy system Models
- Parallel session 2B: Modelling of behavioral aspects
- Parallel session 2C: Infrastructure Prerequisites - Upcoming Network Challenges and Internal Energy Market
13:00 - 14:30 LUNCH BREAK / POSTER SESSION
14:30 - 16:15 FOCUS GROUPS: PARALLEL SESSION 3
- Parallel session 3a: Regional Vs National Vs Europe-Wide Modelling
- Parallel session 3b: Engaging With Policy Makers
- Parallel session 3c: Energy Modelling and the Water-Energy-Food Nexus Conundrum
16:15 - 16:30 CONCLUSION AND WRAP-UP
Download the Agenda (PDF) here
Detailed schedule, speakers and activity descriptions at
We particularly focused on a networking space. It was structured as an open space where all participants, from decision makers to researchers and modelling teams, met and exchanged on common questions and exhibited their posters, highlighting their current research and/or activities in projects.
In this regard, SET-Nav partners from NTNU, NTUA and Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research presented their posters:
- "SET-Nav project insights: Experiences on model integration and formulating energy transition pathways", by Pedro Crespo del Granado
- "Multicriteria assessment of alternative decarbonisation pathways towards the European energy transition" by Katerina Papapostolou.
- "From Empirical Analysis of the EU’s Energy Innovation System to Storylines of Future Change", by Yeong Jae Kim
SET-Nav partners from Fraunhofer ISI made a presentation on "Innovations for deep decarbonisation of industry (And their role in energy scenarios)", Tobias Fleiter, Andrea Herbst, Fraunfofer ISI.
Linked to EMP-E, participants had the possibility to submit a contribution to a Special Issue of Energy Strategy Reviews (Elsevier), which will provide input to COP25 in 2019.
The special issue constitutes a peer-reviewed digest of models, approaches and policy insights for the assessment of clean energy pathways for the EU energy system vis-à-vis the Energy Union strategy.
It provides academics and decision makers with a deep review of cutting-edge EU-focused energy modelling research, to assist the EU energy system transition towards 2030, 2050 and beyond. Contributions are related to three themes, providing methodological overviews or model applications, with related policy-relevant insights.
Deadline for submission of full papers (Special Issue), posters and presentations
EMP-E 2018 Conference
Further information on the event are published on our webpage.
Gustav RESCH (TU WIEN) on behalf of the LCE-21-2015 cluster (MEDEAS, REEEM, REflex and SET-Nav)