Project Consortium
ICCS - Institute of Communication and Computer Systems

Country: Greece

The Institute of Communication and Computer Systems (ICCS) of the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) of the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) was founded in 1992. The mission of ICCS is to support the deployment, the realisation and the growth of the research priorities of ECE mainly through seeking, pursuing and acquiring research funding via the competitive calls for research proposals that the European Commission had instigated.

The Decision Support Systems Lab / Energy Policy Unit (EPU-NTUA) operates within ICCS/NTUA and is a multidisciplinary scientific unit which provides academic training, carries out research and development projects, and offers management and decision support services across a wide range of complex business, socio-technical, and energy & climate policy/planning problems​.

The E3MLab of ICCS/NTUA specializes in the construction and use of large-scale mathematical models covering the areas of Energy, the Economy and the Environment. Such models are used to make projections and analyse complex issues requiring system-wide consideration. Special emphasis is given to policy analysis and support.​

BC3 - Basque Centre for Climate Change

Country: Spain

The Basque Centre for Climate Change (BC3) is an Excellence Research Centre based in the Basque Country (Spain), created in 2008, jointly promoted by the Basque Government and the University of the Basque Country. BC3´s mission is to strategically foster co-production of knowledge relevant to decision making by integrating environmental, socioeconomic and ethical dimensions of climate change. As of 2018, BC3 relies on a multidisciplinary team of 46 researchers and 5 management staff.

For the past decade, our contribution to research of climate change and to the science-policy interface places us in a unique position to offer knowledge, tools and new methodologies that we aim toward action and shared work to design and help to apply policies aimed at sustainable development.

CESAR – Centre of Economic Scenario Analysis and Research

Centre of Economic Scenario Analysis and Research (CESAR) is a private research institute (SME) founded in 2015 by Professor Kurt Kratena in Sevilla (Spain). CESAR has been re-founded in 2018 in Vienna (Austria).

CESAR’s reputation is based on more than 20 years of working and research experience of the core persons in the institute in international (European Commission, IAEA, etc.), national (Spain and other countries) and regional (UK and Spanish regions) research projects with a focus on energy and environmental policies, reforms of the tax system and long-term scenarios for energy and environment.

CICERO – CICERO Center for International Climate Research

Country: Norway

Research Council of Norway, with smaller funding from Government ministries and other national and international programmes or organisations. CICERO researchers regularly published in top academic journals in a range of fields (Science, Nature, etc) and has the highest publication ranking amongst the Norwegian environmental institutes. Communication, stakeholder management and process facilitation is of core importance to CICERO from its founding, with most CICERO projects involving dedicated communication and dissemination activities. CICERO participates in a broad network of national and international research communities: IPCC assessment reports (AR6 WGI vice-chair, SR15 Review Editor, six lead authors), global change programmes (e.g., Future Earth, Global Carbon Project) and EU research (eg Joint Programming Initiatives). CICERO has around 75 staff, 60 of which are research staff, 10 in administration and 5 dedicated to communication.

CYI – The Cyprus Institute

The Cyprus Institute (CyI) is a world-class, non-profit research and educational institution with a strong scientific and technological orientation. It is a regional Center of Excellence, addressing issues of regional interest but of global significance, with an emphasis on cross-disciplinary research and international collaborations. CyI is being developed as an international science and technology organization to strengthen the research community of Cyprus and to help transform its economy to a knowledge-based economy.  Recognizing the unique geopolitical location of Cyprus, the Institute aspires to serve as a European Union (EU) gateway to research and technology in the Eastern Mediterranean and Middle East (EMME) region and in this way, advance peace and prosperity and promote the cooperation among the peoples of the EMME region for the betterment of their future.

E4SMA – Energy Engineering Economic Environment System Modelling and Analysis

Country: Italy

E4SMA provides since 2010 consulting services in the areas of energy planning, policy and environment. It provides support in the creation of energy / environmental / economic models able to represent the complexity of existing energy systems and to investigate how such systems evolve over the years, using scenario-based approaches.

E4SMA develops and runs integrated energy systems models, or ad-hoc tools and methodologies, for medium-long term analysis in order to help energy decision makers to evaluate a range of challenges at different geographic scales.

E4SMA has a relevant experience in MARKAL/TIMES-based modelling, but a number of different methodologies and tools have been used in the past years for investigating the energy systems complexities. Company experts use various system analysis approaches, such as computable general equilibrium models, multi-criteria platforms, accounting framework and system dynamics tools, as well as power systems tools. The aim is to increase the evidence-base underpinning energy systems planning decisions, and assessing the impacts, risks and reliabilities of different future energy and emissions pathways.

The team covers a broad range of disciplines, such economics, environmental and decision sciences.


Country: Greece

HOLISTIC is a dynamic consultancy firm in the fields of digital services, energy / environmental policy and planning, projects organization and management support. Moreover, HOLISTIC provides a wide range of marketing and communication services that can be conducted during and within a project’s lifecycle, under funding schemes such as Horizon 2020, Horizon Europe, Interreg Med and others. HOLISTIC comes from a team of executives who have long and extensive experience in the development of projects in these fields, they have the necessary know-how to undertake and execute complex projects of public, municipal and private organisations in the EU, while they have a considerable research and academic background in cutting-edge methodologies, systems and technologies, which allows detailed and well-documented studies to be carried out in the areas of expertise of the company.

COMILLAS - Comillas Pontifical University of Madrid

Country: Spain

 The IIT, Institute for Research in Technology, belongs to the School of Engineering (ICAI) of Comillas Pontifical University of Madrid (Comillas). Its main aim is to promote research and postgraduate training in diverse technological fields through participation in specific projects of interest for Industry and the Government.

IIT places academic excellence at the core of its activities, participating fully in the international research community. Strong cooperation with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in research & teaching activities. IIT also participates in international networks: Electric Energy Systems-University Enterprise Training Partnership (EES-UETP), Climate Friendly Materials Platform (CFMP), and international professional associations such as IEEE, CIGRE, CIRED, and ISGAN, among others.​

IIT  is dedicated to applied research, doctoral and postgraduate education, and the transfer of technology and knowledge to society. IIT researchers have had relevant positions at regulatory authorities and expert groups in Spain, Ireland, and at the European Association of Energy Regulators​.

ISINNOVA - Institute of Studies for the Integration of Systems

Country: Italy

ISINNOVA is an independent research institute that supports international, national and local public bodies, as well as private organisations, as they pursue sustainable visions and policies. The institute ideates and runs cross-discipline and cross-sector research and innovation projects that bring together public authorities, industries, research institutions and civil society. Co-creating long-term visions for sustainability and advising on the development of coherent systemic (or strategic) plans, ISINNOVA delivers concrete solutions in response to complex challenges.

With a deep understanding of the forces affecting business strategy and public policy, ISINNOVA’s research focuses on five themes to co-create long-term visions and advise on systemic and strategic development plans: Transport & Mobility; Smart, Sustainable Cities; Energy and Environment; Health; and Responsible Research and Innovation.

ISINNOVA has helped deliver solutions for a more sustainable future on more than 120 projects internationally.

SEURECO - Société EURopéenne d'ECOnomie

Country: France

SEURECO is a SME created by researchers and, five years ago, that has carried on the research activity of the ERASME laboratory: a university team specialised in economics and particularly in the construction and the use of large scale models for economic forecasts and policy assessments. The application field of their expertise is mainly on structural policies, energy and environment, fiscal policies and research and innovation policies. The academic origin has focused a part of its activities on the transfer of advanced theory in operational modelling. SEURECO main activities consist in building applied models (general and partial equilibrium, calibrated or econometric) and then using them to assess European and national public policies for R&I, energy, climate, taxation, etc.

UM - Maastricht University

Country: Netherlands

Maastricht University is a public research university in Maastricht, Netherlands. Research at UM is interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary in nature. It is inspired by contemporary social issues and seeks to contribute to their solutions. To this end, researchers not only cooperate with colleagues from other disciplines and UM faculties, but also with Dutch and international institutions and businesses. Our research is also integrated with education at every level. UM’s research reflects this and is centred on four themes: Quality of Life, Learning and Innovation, Europe in a Globalising World, and Sustainability and Circularity. Some of the issues that fall under these themes are healthy ageing, climate change, demographic changes, the impact of technological developments, ageing populations, healthy and affordable food, and the European integration process.

ESMIA – Energy Super Modelers and International Analysts

Country: Canada

ESMIA has 20 years of experience helping other consulting firms, companies, governments, and research bodies analyze and determine the best strategies for complex organizational and national challenges, including:​ identifying strategic innovation priorities to reduce costs and ensure economic continuity​; drafting climate and energy action plans​; preparing technological roadmaps for emerging energy technologies and sectors​; evaluating the economic and environmental impacts of energy projects​; analyzing energy security issues​; assessing the techno-economic potential of circular economy strategies​, and prepare national energy outlooks with decarbonization and net-zero scenarios.

ESMIA expertise includes the development of turnkey energy system models for public or private organizations worldwide (MARKAL/TIMES, OSEMOSyS, Temoa, LEAP); trainings and support to clients wishing to develop their own energy system model or to use an existing large model, and application of energy-economy models for the analysis of complex problems, including energy security and climate change mitigation (NATEM – North American TIMES Energy Model, NAGEM – North American General Equilibrium Model).

UMD- University of Maryland

Country: United States of America (USA)

The University of Maryland is one of the world’s premier research institutions. With its strategic location and scores of partnerships with government and businesses, UMD conducts groundbreaking research on some of the biggest challenges facing our global community, including cybersecurity and terrorism, bioengineering, public health equity, food safety and climate change. It strives to discover new knowledge and put it to work through innovation and entrepreneurship, advancing economic development and transforming lives. In this project, UMD will participate through the CGS (Center for Global Sustainability), which utilises a collaborative, interdisciplinary approach to deliver research, education, and engagement for policy impact.Through analysis for ambition and collaborative action, CGS is helping drive the global engine of ambition critical to meet goals related to climate, development, and sustainability. This is done by integrating field-leading research, applied assessment, and policy analysis; and implementing it through partnerships and engagement at all scales.

CGS was created in response to the global need for integrated analytics and engagement to support higher ambition in achieving climate, development, and sustainability goals. In doing this, CGS fills a critical gap to link robust technical capacity closely to decision-making at all levels. CGS is committed to fostering a just, equitable, diverse, and inclusive world both within our community and through collaborative research and action on local and global scales. CGS has a growing portfolio of projects integrating analysis for ambition and collaborative action. As we look to expand our activities to serve this global mission, our vision for impact includes specific, new partnerships and programs in the following areas:Fuse subnational with national action to raise global ambition, Support ambitious climate mitigation strategy analysis linked to decision-making, Scale-up climate finance based on bottom-up actions and collaborative engagement Integrate climate resilience in local communities, Advance equity, diversity, and inclusion in sustainability, climate, and energy, and Catalyse universities’ thought leadership, educational and convening power.

EPFL - Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne

Country: Switzerland

EPFL is a leading university of technology in the world, with a large scientific impact in spite of its relatively small size. It is one of the two universities in Switzerland entirely financed by the federal government.

LEURE (Laboratory of Environmental and URban Economics directed by Philippe Thalmann) is part of the Faculty of the Natural and Built Environment of the EPFL. The LEURE team conducts research on the public and private management of the natural and built environment. It aims to advance scientific knowledge in the analysis of the socio-economic mechanisms that govern the evolution of the environment, in the normative reflection on the desirable evolution of the environment, as well as in the development of methods and instruments of regulation that allow the environment to evolve in a sustainable manner.

ETH - Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zürich

Country: Switzerland

ETH regularly features in international rankings as one of the best universities in the world. It performs many services for the federal government and uses its expertise to make important contributions to public debate. ETH concentrates on three core tasks: training and continuing education of students and specialists in scientific and technical fields; extending the scope of scientific knowledge and supporting the next generation of scientists; direct transfer of new findings into practical applications.

The TdLab at ETH was founded in 2013 to strengthen the interface between science and society. The TdLab is a place where students, teachers, researchers, and other societal actors collaboratively define and tackle the complexities of sustainable development to respect environmental limits and uphold social justice for present and future generations. The lab conceptualizes and tests educational and research approaches to tackle complexities of sustainable development; integrates knowledge and values from different scientific perspectives, as well as from other societal actors; and proposes key expertise in problem framing and knowledge integration.

UNIBAS – University of Basel

Country: Switzerland

The University of Basel has an international reputation of outstanding achievements in research and teaching. Founded in 1460, the University of Basel is the oldest university in Switzerland and has a history of success going back over 550 years. The University of Basel has seven faculties covering a wide spectrum of academic disciplines. At the same time, the university has positioned itself amidst the international competition in the form of five strategic focal areas: Life Sciences, Visual Studies, Nanosciences, Sustainability and Energy Research and European and Global Studies. The University of Basel is committed to sustainability and wants its research, teaching and operations to make a major contribution to solving the challenges facing society on the regional, national and global level, including those described in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This is why UNIBAS has made sustainability an integral part of its strategy.

Imperial - Imperial College London

Country: United Kingdom

Imperial College London is a world top ten university with an international reputation for excellence in teaching and research. Consistently rated amongst the world’s best universities, Imperial is committed to developing the next generation of researchers, scientists and academics through collaboration across disciplines. Located in the heart of London, Imperial is a multidisciplinary space for education, research, translation and commercialisation, harnessing science and innovation to tackle global challenges.

Oxford - University of Oxford

The University of Oxford is a world-leading centre of learning, teaching and research and the oldest university in the English-speaking world. Oxford enhances the lives of millions, solving real-world problems through an extensive network of partnerships and collaborations. The breadth and depth of Oxford’s disciplinary expertise enables it to lead international research agenda across the sciences, social sciences and humanities, and to convene multidisciplinary and international teams to address the most significant problems facing the world today.

UCL – University College London

Founded in 1826 in the heart of London, UCL is London’s leading multidisciplinary university, with more than 13,000 staff and 42,000 students from 150 different countries. UCL’s strategy is based on the following principal themes: academic leadership grounded in intellectual excellence; a global leader in the integration of research and education, underpinning an inspirational student experience; addressing global challenges through disciplinary excellence and distinctive cross-disciplinary approach; an accessible, publicly engaged organisation that fosters a lifelong community; London’s Global University: in London, of London and for London; delivering global impact through a network of innovative international activities, collaborations and partnerships.

Individually and in collaboration, UCL experts develop insights relevant to humanity’s major problems. Society reaps many benefits from their excellent research, some of which occur immediately, while others develop over years or generations. Through interdisciplinary work, UCL researchers have been collaborating with local and international partners on a range of issues – from tackling inequalities and climate change and addressing health challenges including COVID-19, HIV and cancer.