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REEEM AIMS to gain a clear and comprehensive understanding of the system-wide implications of energy strategies in support of transitions to a competitive low-carbon EU energy society, given the objectives and framework outlined in the Strategic Energy Technology Plan. The provisions of the energy services in this society will be defined by their sustainability, affordability, efficiency, energy security and reliability.

The supportive technology impact assessments will target the full integration from demand to supply and from the individual to the entire system. It will further address the trade-offs across society, environment and economy along the whole transition pathway… Read more

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Paper – Transparency, reproducibility, and quality of energy system analyses – A process to improve scientific work

In this article we apply the transparency checklist methodology by Cao et al. to a case study to evaluate the degree of transparency in energy system modelling. We use a recent case study conducted by the Reiner Lemoine Institut that analyses heat and electricity supply in a German region. An analysis of the questions of the transparency checklist indicates that different issues are addressed: transparency, reproducibility and quality. The completed checklist with answers regarding the case study and its supplementing...

Paper – Assessment and economic valuation of air pollution impacts on human health over Europe and the United States as calculated by a multi-model ensemble in the framework of AQMEII3

This paper brings together different modelling groups across Europe and the United States to calculate mortality and morbidity due to air pollution and their economic costs on the society. We use the Economic Valuation of Air Pollution (EVA) model to estimate health impacts of air pollution using data from fourteen models and establish an uncertainty of these estimations due to differences in models by keeping the emissions and the boundary conditions same among all the models. Results show that differences...

Journal paper – Water use in electricity generation for water-energy nexus analyses: The European case

A new study by Morten A.D. Larsen and Martin Drews from the Technical University of Denmark published in Science of The Total Environment (Larsen and Drews, 2019) looks into the quality of present day openly available data on the water-energy nexus at larger scales, here highlighted for Europe. The approach is to combine multiple (free) data sources to generate the best possible estimate on the actual 1980-2015 historical water consumption (net share) and withdrawal rates (total share including return flow)...

Paper – Influence of anthropogenic emissions and boundary conditions on multi-model simulations of major air pollutants over Europe and North America in the framework of AQMEII3

This paper investigates the impacts of local versus foreign emissions to the air pollutant concentrations over Europe and North America. We have employed an approach called the Response to Extra-Regional Emission Reductions (RERER), in order to quantify the differences in the strengths of non- local source contributions to different species among the different models. We found large RERER values for ozone (O3) over both Europe and North America, indicating a large contribution from non-local sources, while for particles (PM2.5), low...

A look back at the 6th REEEM General Assembly

From November 26th to 28th the sixth General Assembly of the REEEM Project was held in Tórshavn in the Faroe Islands. For this meeting, project partners from the participating research institutions came together to discuss the state of the project, present and discuss intermediate results from the different models. The focus on the discussion was to evaluate the different scenarios regarding the impact on social, environmental, political and economic dimensions such as air quality, people’s health, the gross domestic product...

Understanding the uncertain role of technologies in a future low carbon system

To meet the stated ambition in the Paris Agreement, Europe’s energy transition needs to be one that effects large-scale emission reductions at an unprecedented rate, with a system that has to be net-zero CO2 emissions by or soon after 2050. Critical to this transition will be the large-scale deployment of existing and new technologies. However, many uncertainties abound concerning future technology cost, performance, deployment, and socio-political feasibility, making planning for this transition challenging. A REEEM case study by University College...

OSeMBE-Webinar-Recording is now available

The recording of the webinar on OSeMBE the Open Source energy Model Base for the European Union is now available. The webinar, which was originally held on October 10th, gives an overview and some insights on OSeMBE, the OSeMOSYS engagement model developed under task 7.3 in REEEM. You are provided with an introduction to the Open Source energy Modelling System (OSeMOSYS) and the Open Source energy Model Base for the European Union (OSeMBE) itself. The section on OSeMBE is first...

First Integrated Impact Report is now approved by the European Commission

This Integrated Impact Report was conducted by the REEEM consortium in early 2018, and has now been approved by the European Commission. It covers aspects of integrated modelling assessment. Sustainable development has been high on the global agenda over the past couple of decades. The EU in particular appears to be at the leading edge of sustainable development with really ambitious targets been set, both mid and long term. One of the key components of sustainable development is the decarbonisation...

REEEM at the 3rd H2020 Projects Clustering Workshop on Energy System

On November 6th, REEEM took part in the 3rd H2020 Projects Clustering Workshop on Energy System Modelling, held at INEA premises, in Brussels. Here, eight projects (REEEM, SET-Nav, MEDEAS, REflex, Plan4RES, MAGNITUDE, Planet and SPINE) discussed with INEA and the European Commission’s DG Research and Innovation and DG Energy ways to increase the collaboration between funded actions and to extract joint messages on energy transitions to be conveyed to policy makers. The four projects funded under LCE21-2015, REEEM, SET-Nav, MEDEAS...

Report – What are technological innovations and market solutions necessary to achieve EU ambition for the 2050 and fully integrate renewable energy into the market?

  Renewable energy has the potential to play a big role in the transition pathways towards a low carbon society in Europe. The benefits of renewable energy are numerous and recognised, they diversify the European energy supply sources, reduce dependency on fossil fuels (e.g., oil, gas), delimit environmental impact of conventional energy sources and improve the European energy system security against fuel price volatility. Accordingly, the European Union has aimed to increase the share of renewable energy in the electricity...