Projects for Energy and Climate Change

  • August 2013 - September 2015

    NETGREEN: Network for Green Growth Indicators

    • Project conducted a systematic and consistent overview on the existing efforts to measure sustainable development and the transformation to a green and circular economy.
    • Project developed an interactive online tool, named Measuring Progress (,  providing green economy indicators for policy-makers and the people trying to influence them.
    • It also provided suggestions and guidance to policy makers and researchers who want to use and further develop indicators and tools in the field.

    Key publications:
    ‘’Resource Efficiency Indicators for Policy-Making’’, by Arno Behrens, Igor Taranic and Vasileios Rizos, (CEPS)
    ‘’Measuring progress in eco-innovation’’, by Vasileios Rizos, Arno Behrens (CEPS)

  • May 2013 - April 2016

    Mobilizing and transferring knowledge on post-2012 climate policy implications (POLIMP)

    POLIMP will explore for different policy and decision making levels, knowledge gaps about implications of possible directions of international climate policies. Subsequently, it will cover these gaps with knowledge packages derived from stakeholder consultation, analysis of climate policy decision at national, EU and UN policy levels, and review of ongoing research. POLIMP is funded by the European Commission under the 7th Framework Programme (FP7).

  • May 2013 - June 2016

    GreenEcoNet: A best practice platform for SMEs to support the green economy transition

    • The project built the first European-wide SME knowledge-exchange platform on a green economy.
    • The platform combines an online hub, including a searchable database of good practices, case studies and tools, with a series of in-person dialogues and workshops.
    • The barriers and enablers to the implementation of circular economy business models in different value chains were assessed during the project. Project provided policy recommendations on the basis of this analysis.

  • April 2013 - April 2015

    NorthSeaGrid - Offshore Electricity Grid Implementation in the North Sea

    The objective of the NorthSeaGrid project was to outline the financial and regulatory barriers to implementation of an offshore grid in the North Sea. The project provides recommendations on how to remove these barriers based upon technical, regulatory & financial analysis of practical case studies.

  • April 2013 - June 2016

    Policy Dialogue on the assessment and convergence of RES policy in EU Member States (DIA-CORE )

    The “Policy Dialogue on the assessment and convergence of RES policy in EU Member States” (DIA-CORE) project started in April 2013 and wass carried out under the Intelligent Energy – Europe programme. The aim of the project was to ensure a continuous assessment of the existing policy mechanisms and to establish a fruitful stakeholder dialogue on future policy needs for renewable electricity (RES-E), heating & cooling (RES-H) and transport (RES-T). The core objective of DIACORE was to facilitate convergence in RES support across the EU and to enhance investments, cooperation and coordination.

  • January 2013 - December 2015

    Cleaner Energy Saving Mediterranean Cities (CES MED)

    CES-MED is a programme financed by the European Neighbourhood Partnership Instrument (ENPI), which is the main financial mechanism through which assistance is given to the European Neighbourhood Policy countries. ENPI has been operational since 1 January 2007 and is the main source of financing for the 17 partner countries (ten Mediterranean and six East European countries, plus Russia). It replaces earlier financing instruments including TACIS for the East and MEDA to the South and builds most directly on the MED-PACT programme.

    The Context

    Urban development and sustainable energy challenges in the Southern Mediterranean countries:

  • January 2013 - December 2015

    Forward Looking Analysis of Grand Societal cHallenges and Innovative Policies (FLAGSHIP)

    FLAGSHIP is an FP7 project, funded by the European Commission (DG RESEARCH) under the “Socio-Economic Sciences and Humanities” theme, with the aim of developing a “Forward Looking Analysis of Grand Societal Challenges and Innovative Policies”.

    The FLAGSHIP project thus aims at driving change, supporting the policy shift from adapting to changes through short-term policy responses, towards anticipating, welcoming and managing changes properly.

    The FLAGSHIP project brings together a multidisciplinary team with recognised records of excellence in qualitative, as well as in quantitative forward-looking analysis. FLAGSHIP partners have substantially contributed, individually and collectively, to previous advancements in the field of forward looking analysis and are therefore fully committed to “put FLA knowledge to work”, applying it to the formulation of policies that effectively address main challenges faced by the EU, and the world as a whole. The project is also supported by a Scientific Advisory Board comprised of experts in policy analysis in the fields of economy, climate change, international governance and science and technology innovation.

  • October 2011 - September 2014

    Assessment of Policy Impacts on Sustainability in Europe (APRAISE)

    The aim of the APRAISE project (FP7) is to improve the decision basis for EU and national policy makers for selecting an efficient environmental policy mix leading to the transition towards a sustainable European society. APRAISE aims to provide policy makers with an improved understanding of the efficiency, effectiveness and efficacy of existing and potential environmental policies impacts and their interactions at both the European and Member State level.


  • April 2011 - November 2011

    Monitoring the Uptake of Green Public Procurement in the EU

     CEPS and the College of Europe are working together to conduct a survey to measure the uptake of GPP in each of the 27 Member States. The survey results will be analysed to highlight any differences in the number and volume of contracts between Member States, the levels of government, produce and service groups, and the different stages of procurement in which environmental criteria were used.

  • April 2011 - November 2011

    Socio-economic Value of CO² Free Generation in Northern Europe

    This study aims to assess the societal value of carbon-free power generated in the Nordic market and to compare this value with the hypothetical value of new generation investment. It will then analyse possible ways of enhancing grid investment