The Research Unit Energy Policy analyses energy policy packages and instruments supporting the transition towards a sustainable and energy-efficient energy system based on renewable energy.
The Research Unit Energy Policy focuses on policies supporting the energy transition. It acts as an architect of transformative energy policies and as a navigator in political processes. The researchers’ expertise focuses on the development and analysis of policy concepts, the analysis and evaluation of policy instruments and packages particularly for energy efficiency and sufficiency policy, and of their multiple impacts. Analyses target the various aspects of technology deployment, economic impacts, culture, and institutional architectures. This encompasses not only transitions in the electricity and heat sector, but increasingly also the interconnection with other sectors, such as mobility, industry, and urban systems (sector coupling). For covering these integrated energy system issues, the Research Unit also cooperates with other Research Units within Wuppertal Institute as well as with external national and international partners.
A particular focus of the Research Unit is the analysis of multi-level governance. Projects therefore concern various or multiple governance levels, from local and regional to international arenas. The focal governance level in analyses lies in national and EU polities as these are especially relevant for the regulation of energy policy, but the research unit is also active in developing country contexts and the promotion of bilateral co-operations in energy policy.
Climate change and its connection to numerous other challenges of today require a quick and deep transformation of the world's energy system towards a highly efficient as well as ecologically, economically, and socially sustainable system entirely based on renewable energy – the energy transition. This transition will happen too slowly due to manifold barriers, if the necessary ambitious policy framework is not implemented. This requires a consistent policy approach, taking the numerous perspectives and positions of societal actors in the energy policy arena into account.
The Energy Policy Research Unit therefore supports the development, monitoring and evaluation of a consistent energy policy framework designed to reach medium- and long-term targets of energy and climate policy at all governance levels. The scientists undertake basic research and provide advice to institutions, civil society organisations, and businesses, based on scientific evidence and analyses.
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