EMP-E 2018

The Energy Modelling Platform for Europe (EMP-E) was first created within the REEEM project. Its first event was held in Brussels on May 17th-18th, 2017;

The next meeting of the EMP-E will be held held on September 25th-26th in Brussels, at the premises of the European Commission’s DG R&I.

Key themes discussed at the 2018 meeting will be Innovation in the energy transition, Integrated modelling of energy and resource efficiency and Modelling of behavioural aspects. The first day will be dedicated to plenary sessions, while the second day will be dedicated to parallel focus group sessions. On both days the participants will be provided space and time for poster presentations on their modelling activities, research and insights. Linked to the event, a call for papers for a Special Issue of Energy Strategy Reviews (Elsevier) will be issued, with deadline for full paper submission on September 12th.

REEEM partners are in the Scientific Committee of this year’s event, too.

REEEM has organised the plenary session on ‘Integrated modelling of energy and resource efficiency’, to be held on September 25th, 2018, and moderated by Dr. Kenneth Karlsson (DTU).

REEEM partners have also organised the following parallel sessions to be held on September 26th (everybody is welcome to contribute!):

1A - open databases
In this focus group we bring together participants from various projects who aim for or even manage to openly provide their data. We will discuss how we can improve the exchange or linking of data that we use in energy system analyses and what is needed to facilitate that willing projects can easier open up their data.
With this focus group we aim at defining tasks to reach a higher share of open data and a better cooperation between the EU-projects concerning data that all of them normally use.
The session will start with short inputs about data handling in the projects present at the focus group (how do you organize/structure your data and how do you provide it to partners and eventually other stakeholders? in your opinion, what is the most important ToDo to improve exchange of data between EU-projects?). For the following discussion we will devide into handable working groups and tackle the topics:

  • How openly provide and bring together our data (common DBs or links, datapackages or…?) Which steps to take to really do it?
  • Do we need to harmonize meta data and the categorisation of data?  If yes, how can we achieve that?
  • Which data is often needed for analyses and not available (e.g. costs, distribution lines, industry energy demand, behaviour,…) in which ways do you help yourself to replace it/ to generate the data synthetically… How can we share the scarce information available?

If you are interested to participate in this group and to explain how your project handles the modelling data we are happy to receive a short note as soon as possible to better prepare the discussions.

Projects that already confirmed their participation:
REEEMMEDEASSET-NavEU-CALCREFLEX

Contact information: kenneth Karlsson < keka@dtu.dk >

 

1B - energy, climate and macroeconomic relationships
​The struggle of the EU to move towards a carbon free society results in an increasing concern about human induced climate change. Consequently, the environmental, economic and energetic impacts of policies are considered of equal importance. Therefore, this session aims on identifying different modelling frameworks that address each of these aspects (economy, energy and environment) and on discussing how they can be jointly applied in order to deliver an integrated assessment of policies.
The session consists of two parts. The first part will mainly show the current state of research in this area. Three experts will outline the objectives of integrated analyses and present their respective coupling approaches. Furthermore, they will specify which aspects of the three dimensions they have taken into account in their models. Based on their current research experience they will give insights on occurring interactions and, subsequently, point out the requirements needed for further development of model linking approaches. In addition, the consideration of innovation, behaviour and environmental externalities will be addressed within this section. Hence, each speaker will give a short overview on how these aspects can be implemented. In the second part all three presenters will be invited to participate in a moderated panel discussion.
Contact information: Mohammad Ahanchian <Mohammad.Ahanchian@ier.uni-stuttgart.de>

 

2B - modelling of behavioural aspects
Format: The session will begin with scene-setting input from the European Commission followed by presentations from the panelists. Following these, and after a brief Q&A with the audience, we will begin a discussion with the panelists and the audience to address the questions outlined in the objectives above. Participants will also be provided with a scorecard to document their responses to the workshop questions.
Objective: In recent years there has been increasing interest and need to understand and incorporate behavioral aspects into energy modelling. The interdisciplinary nature of energy behavior means a common language and platform for exchange on the topic is required. While there are numerous models available, each incorporates different aspects and sectors of behavior with varying methodologies. Given the sometimes contrasting focus from specific disciplines, it would be useful to explore how behavioral aspects are included with the aim of providing energy system-wide policy recommendations. The plenary session on “Modelling of behavioral aspects” looked at the different modelling approaches to explore how behavior is included into different energy models and why these approaches would be appropriate depending on the policy questions at hand. In this focus group, we will explore deeper not only the models and their methodologies, but also the specific behavioural aspects to be included in energy modelling. With this in mind, the focus will be to discuss the following questions:

  • In which sectors and how is behavior included (buildings, transport, conversion, cross-cutting?)
  • What are the main barriers in the building and transport sectors related to behavioral aspects?
  • How are the perspectives on behavior from different disciplines integrated into energy modelling?

Contact information: Mohammad Ahanchian <Mohammad.Ahanchian@ier.uni-stuttgart.de>

 

3B - regional vs national vs Europe-wide modelling
What do policy makers need when it comes to making national energy and climate policy decisions.
High level energy and climate target are negotiated at EU level and implemented at national level by national governments.  As part of new EU governance rules, Member States must develop short and long term Integrated National Energy and Climate Plans.  These plans will be informed by modelling.
Understand the policy making process is integral to achieving impact with modelling results. This focus group looks at our community from a policy maker perspective and discusses the requirements (both technical and non-technical) of policy makers when using model results and asks how academic research can create relevant policy impact. Two policy makers from national government to give their perspectives and answer questions from listeners.

Contact information: Deane, Paul <jp.deane@ucc.ie>

 

See the full EMP-E 2018 program here.