The EERA – European Energy Research Alliance has published a vision paper calling for greater collaboration in energy systems modelling for supporting European Union’s energy and climate policy.
This paper, authored by 31 European scientists (including researchers from LNEG), calls for:
- More transparency in European energy and climate modelling.
- Greater involvement of the scientific community across different member states to improve the scope/results of modeled scenarios.
Energy and climate models are vital for EU (and national) energy and climate policy design. However, their current usage can be improved.
We call for greater involvement of the European scientific community, beyond the simple review of scenarios as done for policy packages “Fit-for-55”, “REPowerEU” and the new 2040 climate change modeling process. Currently scientists from different member states are only called upon to provide information on assumptions and parameters. In this way, it is not possible to adapt European models and scenarios to the reality of member states, nor to capitalize on the knowledge and national models held by the research community. Furthermore, it becomes more difficult to consider the multiple challenges of the energy transition, such as infrastructures modification, financing and market behavior, attitudes of different stakeholders, supply chain limitations and other sources of uncertainty.
We therefore call for greater collaboration, both on a European scale and between national research centers.
We call for greater use of open-source models, transparent and accessible to national policy makers and the research community.
At LNEG we continue to work towards a more robust, fair and transparent energy transition.