Energy and the environment

Climate change is certainly one of the most studied environmental impacts of energy production and consumption, due to the fundamental role played by energy in generating greenhouse gas emissions. However, besides contributing to global warming, energy production and consumption impact on many other environmental factors such as local air pollution, land use and water utilization, enhancing environmental and socio-economic vulnerability particularly in the developing and fast-growing world. FEEM research in this area thus aims at providing an integrated assessment of the interaction between the energy system, the environment and the economy. It focuses on the environmental impacts of energy consumption on CO2 emissions, soot, food and water quality, and the opportunities for effective mitigation strategies.

Overall, this research stream at FEEM helps to inform decision makers on the full costs and potential trade-offs of different technology options and aims at improving the energy-environment-economy modelling by better representing the full costs of energy sources.
In 2011 research activities within the European project THINK were concluded with the preparation of the report “Transition Towards a Low Carbon Energy System by 2050: What Role for the EU”, published also by the European Commission in the Roadmap 2050 section. The project will continue in 2012 with the drafting of the future reports elaborated by the other partners of the interdisciplinary think tank that act as consultants to the European Commission. The theme of renewable energy and environmental sustainability has led to the start-up of a new joint eni-FEEM project called RESA (Renewables and Energy State Aid) that analyses how State aids have affected and will affect new energy policies. To date the analysis has focused on the main European countries but it is now being extended to the remaining countries of the EU27 area.

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Ongoing Projects
For a Sustainable Energy Transition in Sub-Saharan Africa  - SETiSSA
Research project Ongoing Projects
January 2017 / December 2018
For a Sustainable Energy Transition in Sub-Saharan Africa - SETiSSA

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