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ELEVATE Partners

The ELEVATE project consortium consists of 19 partner institutions, from across the globe.

PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency

PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency is the national institute in the Netherlands for strategic policy analysis in the fields of environment, nature and spatial planning. PBL plays an important role in international assessment of global environmental change. The team involved in the integrated assessment model IMAGE produces scenarios of climate policy and climate change in terms of energy and land use and emissions of greenhouse gases and emissions. The IMAGE team has been involved in several European research projects and plays a key role in the development of scenarios for climate change assessment by IPCC. PBL researchers play an active role in various international assessments, including those of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), UNEP’s Global Environmental Outlook (GEO), and the Global Land Outlook. PBL forms part of many relevant scientific networks. This, for instance, includes the Integrated Assessment Modeling Consortium (IAMC), the Global Carbon Project (GCP) and the Energy Modelling Forum (EMF).  PBL has extensive experience on advising policy-makers on climate policy, including the European Commission and the Netherlands’ government. PBL is the coordinator of the ELEVATE consortium.

PIK Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research

The Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), founded in 1992, is a non-profit research institute addressing crucial scientific questions in the fields of global change, climate impacts and sustainable development. The institute develops and uses a significant number of globally renowned and complex computational models which allow its scientists to assess many aspects of climate and global change phenomena ranging from ice sheets via land-use changes to the economic costs of decarbonisation of the economy. PIK devotes substantial resources to upholding modelling standards and practice and to model intercomparison. Also, it is involved in several projects with international partners around the world and plays an active role in activities such as the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). PIK has expertise in developing climate protection scenarios and identifying and evaluating transformation pathways that accomplish the necessary reduction of greenhouse gas emissions for achieving long-term climate protection, using the integrated energy-economy-land-use model system REMIND-MAgPIE.

COPPE/COPPETEC Graduate School of Engineering

COPPE (Graduate School of Engineering), here represented by its COPPETEC Foundation, was founded in 1963 and has become the largest engineering, teaching and research center in Latin America. COPPE is part of the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), which is one of the most relevant universities in Brazil and Latin America. The Energy Planning Program (PPE) of COPPE studies issues linked to environmental planning, which is an area closely related to the energy field. Over the past years, PPE has participated in a number of international projects, mostly being represented by CenergiaLab. The CenergiaLab is currently led by 5 professors and it’s composed of a team of more than 20 post-graduate students and post docs. The CenergiaLab team has been working with energy models and integrated assessment modeling (IAM) for the past 20 years, having developed a global and national process IAMs (the COFFEE and BLUES models) and a global macroeconomic IAM (the TEA model). These models are presented in many peer-reviewed publications and technological and national reports, with one of the scenarios of the COFFEE model being used as one of the Illustrative Mitigation Pathways in the IPCC’s 6th Assessment Report.

UFRJ Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro

Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) is one of the most relevant universities in Brazil and Latin America. It is considered one of the most impactful research and teaching centers in Brazil, and one of the largest public universities of the country, with national and international recognition. UFRJ is also the first official graduation institution in Brazil, operating since 1792, and is home to more than 150 graduation courses and almost 350 postgraduate courses. UFRJ is an institution of excellence in teaching, research, and extension. With many campuses and faculties scattered around Rio de Janeiro State, it comprises institutes, schools, and other facilities, including museums, hospitals, and the third largest ocean basin in the world for research on offshore oil exploitation. The university has partnerships with several national and multinational enterprises, some of which have facilities on campus. Following a global trend, UFRJ creates and maintains cooperative relationships with institutions from every continent. It currently has partnerships with over 200 international institutions all over the world.

E3M E3-Modelling AE

E3-Modelling is a private capital company, established in Greece, as a knowledge-intensive consulting company spin-off inheriting staff, knowledge and software-modelling innovation of the laboratory E3MLab of the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA). The company specialises in the delivery of consulting services based on large-scale empirical modelling of the nexus economy-energy-environment. The experience goes back to 1990 and includes internationally renowned milestones, such as the models PRIMES and GEM-E3 and the support of major impact assessment studies and scenario building of the European Commission. The group performs since 1990 a European energy and transport outlook published every 2-3 years by the European Commission. The modelling and consulting services have also served numerous studies for European Governments, professional associations, and large-scale companies in the energy field. The consultation expertise of the group focuses on the design of transition in the energy market and systems, both in the demand and supply of energy, towards green and climate-friendly structures and technologies. Thanks to the modelling, the group assesses the transitions from economic, policy and implementation perspectives putting emphasis on the functioning of the system and the markets as a whole when policy instruments influence behaviours and market outcomes. In this context, the group has particular expertise in regulatory and market design aspects for the electricity and gas sectors in Europe. E3-Modelling has well renowned research records in modelling economic growth, sectorial growth and employment at an international level based on the GEM-E3 model which is the most-used macroeconomic general equilibrium model in Europe.

CMCC Fondazione Centro Euro-Mediterraneo sui Cambiamenti Climatici

The Fondazione Centro Euro-Mediterraneo sui Cambiamenti Climatici (CMCC) is a non-profit research institution. CMCC’s mission is to investigate and model our climate system and its interactions with society to provide reliable, rigorous, and timely scientific results, which will in turn stimulate sustainable growth, protect the environment, and develop science driven adaptation and mitigation policies in a changing climate. CMCC collaborates with experienced scientists, economists, and technicians, which work together in order to provide full analyses of climate impacts on various systems such as agriculture, ecosystems, coasts, water resources, health, and economics. CMCC also supports policymakers in setting and assessing costs, mitigation, and adaptation policies. Within CMCC, the RFF-CMCC European Institute on Economics and the Environment (EIEE) is the entity directly involved in the ELEVATE project.

CS/SCS Climate Strategies

Climate Strategies works at the science-policy interface, advancing climate policy through meaningful interactions between decision-makers and researchers across Europe and internationally. It is a global, not-for-profit research network with world-leading researchers as members. Climate Strategies has offices in the United Kingdom and the Netherlands.

Aarhus University

Aarhus University in Denmark is a top 100 university with award-winning research and 50+ Master's and Bachelor's programmes taught in English, as well as more than 45,000 students and 15,000 faculty members. The Centre for Energy Technologies (CET) is an independent research centre at Aarhus University that focuses on the development of new and innovative energy systems for businesses and consumers, primarily in the areas of electricity, renewable energy, energy efficiency and hydrogen. It aspires to be one of the leading national and regional producers of independent, high-quality academic research related to energy studies and energy policy.

TERI The Energy and Resources Institute

TERI, a leading not for profit organization in India was established in 1974. Over the last four decades of its journey, TERI has emerged as one of the world's pre-eminent think tanks and research institutions in the field of energy, climate change and sustainability. TERI researchers play an active role in various international assessments, namely, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), UNEP’s Global Environmental Outlook (GEO). Research lies at the core of TERI’s work. TERI’s core strategies include translating its research into development of: 1) policy advisory: including interdisciplinary and integrated policy research and analysis, financing and business model development, consultancy and advisory, engagement and outreach, and capacity building among policy makers, academics, and youth; 2) technology products: including technology development, demonstration through pilots, replication and scaling up, large scale production, and commercialization as well as capacity building among manufacturers, operators, and users; and 3) technical services: including consultancy and advisory, creating standard operating procedures, strategy development for corporates, testing and verification as well as capacity building and handholding of stakeholders. The team involved in ELEVATE project is under centre for integrated assessment and modelling (CIAM). CIAM provides policy inputs based on modelling exercises, integrating energy and economy sectors and their interlinking with the environment.  The team’s work mainly involves policy advocacy to government of India through development of decarbonization pathways for its various energy end use sectors and to assess its impact on the economy. The CIAM team is involved in various national, South-Asian, and European projects.

IIASA International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis

IIASA is an international scientific institute that conducts policy-oriented research into problems that are too large or complex to be solved by a single country or academic discipline. Problems like climate change that have a global reach and can be resolved only by international cooperative action; or problems of common concern that need to be addressed at both the national and international level, such as energy security, population aging, and sustainable development. Funded by research funding agencies in Africa, the Americas, Asia, and Europe, IIASA is independent and unconstrained by political or national self-interest. Over 300 mathematicians, social scientists, natural scientists, economists, and engineers from 50 countries carry out research at IIASA in Austria, at the heart of Europe. IIASA has a long and successful history of developing systems-based, integrated solutions and policy advice for some of the world’s most pressing problems. These include energy resource issues, climate change, environmental pollution, land use, risk and resilience, and population growth. These multiple dimensions require a unique approach that can link diverse complex systems. In addition, IIASA hosts and maintains a number of databases and models used by scientists and policymakers. The institute also plays an important role in science diplomacy, using science to build bridges across increasingly complex political divides.

NewClimate Institute for Climate Policy and Global Sustainability 

NewClimate Institute is a non-profit think tank based in Germany that supports research and implementation of action against climate change around the globe. NewClimate generates and shares knowledge on the evaluation of climate policies and targets, sustainable finance, energy transition, sustainable development and carbon market mechanisms. NewClimate connects up-to-date research with the real-world decision-making processes, making it possible to increase ambition in acting against climate change and contribute to finding sustainable and equitable solutions. NewClimate has contributed to the IPCC process and the annual UNEP Emissions Gap Reports.  Some flagship projects such as the Climate Action Tracker and Corporate Climate Responsibility Monitor are internationally recognised and followed. These and other projects put us at the forefront of the climate change forum, where we seek to achieve maximum impact for the international climate change mitigation effort.

MCC Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change

The Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change (MCC) was founded in 2012 as a research organization by Stiftung Mercator and the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, PIK. Based on high-level research, MCC develops and discusses solutions that address the long-term governance of global commons. MCC gives non-policy prescriptive advice to target audiences that include decision makers in international organisations, parliaments, public administration and other stakeholders from business and NGOs. MCC brings in its methodological expertise in developing analytical and numerical models on the question of policy instrument design which are mostly small-scale. High-level publications have focused on optimal taxation and the design of carbon pricing as well as other climate policy instruments. The institute is involved in a number of national and international projects on policy instruments for climate change mitigation and has a broad cooperation network.

Wageningen University & Research

WiseEuropa Institute

WiseEuropa is an independent think-tank and research organization based in Warsaw that undertakes a strategic reflection on European politics, foreign policy and economy. The Institute employs a unique research toolkit, which enables to unite quantitative and qualitative approach through the application of: statistical and econometric methods as well as macroeconomic and system modelling in combination with sociological, political and institutional analysis. The research experience in the fields of national, European and global socio-economic and institutional policies, digital economy and innovation as well as energy, climate and environmental policies allows WiseEuropa to offer analytical, consulting and communication services on the cross-cutting policy issues.

BJUT Beijing University of Technology

Beijing University of Technology (BJUT) is a national high-level multi-disciplinary research university providing programs in science, engineering, economics, management, literature, law, art and education, with engineering as a core focus. BJUT plays an important role in environmental assessment of national and local areas under climate change. The team involved in the integrated assessment model IPAC, LCA and MFA produces scenarios of environmental impact and climate change in terms of energy and industry transformation, and emissions of greenhouse gases and co-benefit of environmental protection. The team has been involved in several research projects and plays a key role in the development of scenarios for climate change assessment by China and the local government. BJUT has extensive experience on advising policy-makers on climate and environmental protection policy, including national and local government.

AFREC African Energy Commission

The African Energy Commission (AFREC) is a specialised energy agency of African Union established by African Heads of States and Governments in 2001. AFREC is mandated  to work and assist all 55 African Union Member States on a sub-regional, regional and continental level to develop energy policies, strategies, research and programme design & plans based on development priorities, and recommend their implementation, design, create and update an energy continental database and facilitate rapid dissemination and exchange of information; develop trade and transit of energy goods and services, and mobilise financial & technical support and capacity building for the energy sector. In dealing with fundamental energy issues in Africa, AFREC mandate is implemented through Six (6) main programmes/thematic areas which forms part of its new strategy, namely: 1. The Africa Energy Information System (AEIS), 2. Bioenergy , 3. Africa Energy Efficiency, 4. Oil and Gas, 5. Energy Transition, 6. Capacity Building for the energy sector and 7. Renewable Energy. AFREC works with international development partners, NGO’s, investors, the private sector, civil society organisation and academia to ensure its programmes and work responds to Africa’ s energy sector transformation in pursuit to ‘Build the Africa We Want’,  Africa Union Agenda 2063, Agenda 2030 of the United Nations and the Paris Agreement on Climate change.

Kyoto University

Kyoto University is one of the top universities in Japan, which has more than 100 years’ history. Kyoto University has pursued its core mission of contributing to harmonious coexistence within the global community by promoting original and creative research, creating new intellectual values, and fostering capable human resources who can generate such new values. In its pursuit of that mission, the University has made significant achievements as one of Japan's leading research-oriented universities. Those achievements are testified by the fact that Kyoto University has produced more Nobel Prize- and Fields Medal-winning research than any other university in Asia. Regarding integrated assessment modelling (IAM), AIM (Asian-Pacific Integrated Model) has been developed originally by joint research team of Kyoto University and NIES (National Institute for Environmental Studies) in Japan since 1980s and Kyoto University has been playing significant roles in AIM development. From the beginning, AIM contributed wide range of future scenario works that are mainly used in climate change research community such as SRES, RCPs and SSPs. Also, AIM is one of the core establishing members of IAMC (Integrated Assessment Modeling Consortium). Accordingly, Kyoto University and NIES researchers play an active role in various international assessments, including those of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), Millennium Assessment Reports, and UNEP’s Global Environmental Outlook (GEO). Along with these international activities, AIM has also substantially contributed to the national environmental policy making in Japan by providing scenarios. Furthermore, one key mission of the AIM is to develop Asian research community which eventually becomes a fundamental element for the international IAM community. The members of AIM family have had large influences on Asian individual national level policy making.

UMD University of Maryland

KAPSARC King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center

King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center (KAPSARC) is an advisory think tank within global energy economics and sustainability providing services to entities and authorities in the Saudi energy sector. Based in Riyadh, we are a community of thinkers combining human ingenuity, expertise, and research to solve pressing global energy challenges. Through advisory services to the energy sector, KAPSARC’s experts provide actionable insights and data using a multidisciplinary approach to drive long-term value and deliver tangible results at scale.

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