• 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 - September 2017

    Strategic Transitions for Youth Labour in Europe (STYLE)

    The STYLE project provided a comprehensive analysis of unemployment among young people and the efficiency of policies to fight youth unemployment. The project main objectives were:

  • 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.

  • January 2014 - December 2016

    Boosting the Impact of Social Innovation in Europe through Economic Underpinnings (SIMPACT)

    SIMPACT was a research collaboration between twelve partners from ten European countries that aimed at understanding the economic foundation of social innovation (SI) targeting marginalised and vulnerable groups in society. With their distinctive characteristics, practices that are gathered under the term social innovations ideally facilitate the activation of these groups through empowerment and therewith, contribute to social and/or economic impact. The project revolved around seven distinct scientific work packages aimed at underpinning the building blocks of the project's integrated learning cycle combining a theoretical foundation, data collection, analysis and modelling, building the base for the development of tools, methods and instruments for social innovation stakeholders.

  • January 2014 - December 2016

    POCACITO - European post-carbon cities of tomorrow

    The project Post-Carbon Cities of Tomorrow - foresight for sustainable pathways towards liveable, affordable and prospering cities in a world context (POCACITO) is a research project funded by the European Union's 7th Framework Programme for Research, Technological Development. The objective of the project is to facilitate the transition of EU cities to a forecasted sustainable or "post-carbon" economic model, eventually leading to an evidence-based EU 2050 post-carbon city roadmap.

  • 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 - 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.