Projects for Energy, Resources and Climate Change

  • CICERONE - Circular economy platform for European priorities strategic agenda

    We are pleased to announce our participation in the recently initiated Horizon 2020 project CICERONE (Circular Economy Platform for European Priorities Strategic Agenda)! CEPS will coordinate the work on designing the governance model of such a circular economy programming platform, investigate legal and financing model options, and organise a stakeholder policy workshop on the topic.

    The EU’s package in circular economy has enabled an expansion of initiatives across Europe – yet outcomes of research and innovation are still underexploited at European level. Circular businesses and projects are fragmented, and it is becoming more and more apparent that joint programming is a must to reach the desired impact.

    Bringing together key European stakeholders including programme owners, researchers and businesses, this workshop will build the foundations for a common, joint platform that will accelerate the circular economy transition.

  • CIRC4Life

    CIRC4Life ("A circular economy approach for lifecycles of products and services") is an international collaborative innovation project supported by the European Commission’s H2020 Circular Economy programme. The project consortium consists of 17 partners across 8 EU countries. CEPS is leading the policy-related work and will conduct an analysis of policies and regulations in the field. CEPS will also prepare policy recommendations based on an analysis of barriers and enablers to the implementation of circular economy business models in the agri-food and electrical/electronic products value chains.

    The project will develop three new circular economy business models including:

  • April 2017 - December 2017

    Task Force: Improving the Market for Flexibility in the Electricity Sector

    CEPS Energy Climate House held a Task Force on "Improving the Market for Flexibility in the Electricity Sector". Flexibility is necessary to ensure that demand and supply can be matched at every given point in time to keep the electricity system stable. Flexibility in the electricity sector can therefore be described as the capability to dynamically compensate supply peaks and shortages as well as bottlenecks in the grid. The higher the share of intermittent renewables, the more flexible resources are needed.

    Flexible resources can include flexibility in demand (e.g. power-to-heat, demand response or interruptible loads, facilitated by digital infrastructure) and in supply (e.g. hydro, gas or certain coal plants) as well as storage (e.g. pumped storage, batteries and other storage technologies). Flexible infrastructure can include transmission and distribution capacity as well as information and communication technology (ICT, e.g. smart meters).

    Adequate functioning of the electricity markets and notably a market for flexibility would facilitate market-driven investment as well as efficient utilisation of flexible resources and infrastructure. In light of the electricity market reform launched in the “Clean Energy for All Europeans” package, this CEPS Task Force seeks to bring together all stakeholders to discuss a ‘market for flexibility’ to identify workable and practical ways forward.

    Different pathways to a more flexible electricity sector were explored during the Task Force discussions.

  • November 2016 - February 2018

    Task Force: The Role of Business in the Circular Economy

    CEPS Energy Climate House is holding a Task Force on the circular economy with a focus on the role of EU policy and regulation to guide businesses and industry. Special attention is given to the barriers and enablers companies encounter in their attempts to introduce circularity into their business operations as well as the measures needed to help businesses adapt to the changing environment and take advantage of new market opportunities. An additional key topic of discussion is how we can improve coherence between sectoral approaches and an overall circular economy policy framework. The Task Force provides a forum where stakeholders from different sectors could discuss these issues in a structured way. 

  • October 2016 - September 2018

    Measuring the IMPACTS of the Transition to the CIRCULAR Economy (CIRCULAR IMPACTS)

    CIRCULAR IMPACTS will assist the EU and its policy makers in realizing the transition from its current predominantly linear economy to a circular economy, by establishing a flexible and accessible evidence base with concrete data on macro-economic, societal, environmental and labour market impacts of this transition, and by adding relevant knowledge to that evidence base. For this purpose a web platform will be designed, which facilitates easy access to data repositories and fills up the existing knowledge gap in the European Commission’s impact assessments by mapping the benefits of a circular economy for both environment and economy. 

  • April 2016 - March 2018

    SET-Nav - Strategic Energy Roadmap

    Navigating the Roadmap for Clean, Secure and Efficient Energy Innovation (SET-Nav) - SET-Nav intends support strategic decision marking in Europe’s energy sector, enhancing innovation towards a clean, secure and efficient energy system. It is a project funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 programme with a large consortium of academics, research and industry partners.

  • February 2015 - July 2018

    CARISMA - Coordination and Assessment of Research and Innovation in Support of climate Mitigation Actions

    CARISMA supports the development and diffusion of options, both technologies and practices, for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Climate-friendly technologies and practices often already exist, yet for several reasons they do not enter the mainstream. CARISMA draws on existing and new insights for recommendations on research and innovation efforts for the development and diffusion of climate change mitigation options, including through international cooperation and better coordination of efforts as well as for policy and governance aspects. CARISMA is a funded project by the EU (Horizon 2020) for the period February 2015 - July 2018.

  • January 2015 - December 2017

    2030 governance project

    2030 governance project (2015-17) CEPS and ECH (Energy Climate House) are partners in a project for the German energy ministry (BMWi) on 2030 governance. CEPS-ECH examines the role of regional cooperation in implementing the EU 2030 climate & energy framework. Specifically, regional initiatives for electricity markets and renewable support systems will be looked into.

  • November 2014 - October 2017

    EU Smart Cities Information System (SCIS)

    The EU Smart Cities Information System (SCIS) brings together project developers, cities, institutions, industry and experts from across Europe to exchange data, experience and know-how and to collaborate on the creation of smart cities and an energy-efficient urban environment.

    With a focus on smart cities, energy efficiency, transport and mobility and ICT, SCIS showcases solutions in the fields of sustainable building and district development, renewable energy sources for cities, energy efficiency and low-carbon technology applications. Launched with support from the European Commission, SCIS encompasses ongoing and future projects under the CONCERTO initiative, Smart Cities and Communities European Innovation Partnership (SCC EIP), Energy-efficient Buildings Public Private Partnership (EeB PPP) and Smart Cities calls in Horizon 2020.

    The Smart Cities Information System:

    · Collects valuable data and expertise from smart cities demonstration projects and sites and channels them into a comprehensive database to promote replication of projects;

  • March 2014 - November 2016

    Towards 2030-dialogue

    The aim of this proposed action is to facilitate and guide the RES policy dialogue for the period towards 2030. This strategic initiative aimed for an intense stakeholder dialogue to establish a European vision of a joint future RES policy framework. The dialogue process was coupled with in-depth and continuous analysis of relevant topics that include RES in all energy sectors but with more detailed analyses for renewable electricity.