Calculating and Operationalizing the Multiple Benefits of Energy Efficiency in Europe

  • Project no. 250142
  • Duration 03/2015 - 02/2018

Within the call EE-12 of the Horizon 2020 programme, the EU funds several projects on "Energy Efficiency Research and Innovation". The COMBI project aims at quantifying the multiple non-energy benefits of energy efficiency together with the research partners University of Antwerp, University of Manchester, Copenhagen Economics and ABUD/Advanced Buildings and Urban Design, and is coordinated by the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy. The multiple benefits of energy efficiency are gaining relevance in the research and the current policy discourse, but scientific evidence is yet scarce and scattered. Therefore, this projects will gather existing approaches and evidence from the EU area, develop modelling approaches and come up with consolidated data on different benefits such as emissions (effects on health, ecosystems, crops, built environment), resources (biotic/abiotic, metals and non-metals), social welfare (disposable income, comfort, health), macroeconomy (labor market, public finance, GDP), and the energy system (grid, supply-side, energy security). All project outcomes will be available at an open-source online database and be analysable via a graphic online-visualisation tool for personalising the findings as to their geographic location and selected benefits. To this end, the development of an aggregation methodology is of central importance to avoid double-counting and presenting the various benefits on their various dimensions. Finally, insights for policy relevance will be derived and policy recommendations will be elaborated to facilitate the communication of the non-energy benefits in the relevant policy areas. In addition, the project is in touch with on-going processes of how to include multiple energy efficiency benefits into policy evaluation.

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