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Energy Strategies Europe and Germany (ESED)

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For much of its history climate action has been pursued by frontrunners at national and subnational scale, often with the intention to achieve a long-term transformation of the energy system. With the Paris agreement in 2015 the transition towards a low-carbon economy has become a global endeavour. The ESED group carries out research primarily on economic, but also on technological, political and societal aspects of the energy transition on national and multilateral scale. While we focus on the European as well as the German case, our research pursues a general scope towards national and multilateral policy efforts. The diverse academic background of the group is an asset that helps to integrate relevant perspectives and methods. We publish in peer-reviewed journals and provide scientific policy advice in dedicated assessments.



Core topics

  • German and European energy transition
  • Power market design
  • National climate & energy policies


Used Methods

  • Quantitative and analytical economic modelling, e.g. European electricity system model LIMES
  • Qualitative policy analysis
  • Stakeholder-dialogue


Current projects

  • 2017-2019 START: Joint Australian-German focus project - Strategic Scenario Analysis, BMBF.
  • 2016-2019 ENavi: Kopernikus-Projekt „Systemintegration“: Energiewende-Navigationssystem, BMBF.
  • 2016-2019 INNOPATHS: Innovation Pathways, Strategies and Policies for the Low-Carbon Transition in Europe, European Commission.
  • 2016- AHEAD: Unilateral Action to Make a Global Difference: Towards Horizontal Leadership and Vertical Latitude for Germany & California, Stiftung Mercator.
  • 2015-2019 CD-LINKS: Linking Climate and Development Policies - Leveraging International Networks and Knowledge Sharing, European Commission.
  • 2015-2018: Wissenschaftliche Unterstützung zu Fragen der Entwicklung eines Governance-Systems für den 2030 Klima- und Energierahmen, BMWi.

Past projects

  • 2015-2017: Hintergrundberichte zu aktuellen Entwicklungen in der Klimapolitik auf nationaler und subnationaler Ebene in den USA und Kanada mit Schwerpunkt Emissionshandel, BMUB.
  • 2013-2017 de.zentral: Institutionally and technologically consistent energy strategies for a rather central or decentralized energy transition in Germany.

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