LOCOMOTION – Low-carbon Society: An Enhanced Modelling Tool for the Transition to Sustainability
- Time horizon:2019 - 2022
- Institution(s):Universidad de Valladolid (Coordinator), Austrian Energy Agency, Basque Centre for Climate Change (BC3), Fundación CARTIF, Centre of Economic Scenario Analysis and Research, e.U. (CESAR), CREAF, Centre for Renewable Energy Sources and Saving (CRES), European Environmental Bureau (EEB), FCiências.ID – Associação para a Investigação e Desenvolvimento de Ciências (FC.ID), Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences (INN University), International Centre for Sustainable Development of Energy, Water and Environment Systems (SDEWES), University of Pisa, United Nations University (UNU), University of Iceland.
LOCOMOTION aims to design a new IAM to provide policymakers and relevant stakeholders with a reliable and practical modelling system to assess the feasibility, effectiveness, costs and ramifications of different sustainability policy options. By doing so, LOCOMOTION will help them to identify the most effective transition pathways towards a low-carbon society. Building on existing IAMs developed by the EU-funded MEDEAS project, and including knowledge from other relevant models (World6, TIMES, LEAP, GCAM, C-Roads, etc.), a number of substantive improvements are planned with respect to the state-of-the-art in energy-economy-environment modelling. Drawing on research teams from different European countries, the improved IAMs will be the product of interdisciplinary work in data management, policy and scenario assessment, as well as the system dynamic modelling of relevant environmental, economic, social, technological and biophysical variables.These new IAMs will be robust, usable and transparent diagnostic and scenario assessment tools to help pave the way to a sustainable transition towards a low-carbon society. LOCOMOTION will provide the different stakeholders with a more effective, user-friendly and open-source modelling system for decision support, education and social awareness.