At a glance:


EU Calculator: Trade-offs and pathways towards
sustainable and low-carbon European Societies


Research and Innovation Action (RIA)
Total EU contribution: 5,283,351.25€


3 years

Start Date:

1st November 2016


• Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, D
• Imperial College of Science Technology & Medicine, UK
• Climact SA, B
• Buildings Performance Institute Europe ASBL, B
• Austrian Society for Environment and Technology, AT
• University of Copenhagen, DK
• Swiss Federal Institute of Technology of Lausanne, CH
• University of East Anglia, UK
• PANNON Pro Innovations Ltd., H
• Climate Media Factory UG, D
• T6 Ecosystems srl, IT
• SEE Change Net, BIH
• Delft University of Technology, NL


Low-carbon society and economy, technology innovation, interactive pathway exploration, transparent modelling, climate services.


The mission:

The European Calculator aims to provide decision makers with an accessible modelling solution on European Member State level plus Switzerland. The novel and pragmatic modelling approach is rooted between pure complex society-energy system and and integrated impact assessment tools. It introduces an intermediate level of complexity and a multi-sector approach that is based on co-design with scientific and societal actors.
The model relates emission reduction with human lifestyles, the exploitation and / or conservation of natural resources, job creation, energy production, agriculture, costs, etc. in one highly integrative approach and tool which enables decision makers to get real-time policy support underpinned by comprehensive trade-off analyses. Consequently, the approach will satisfy practical needs of decision makers.

Expected outcomes:

• A model of intermediate complexity that facilitates the evaluation of trade-offs and synergies arising from interventions at sectoral (buildings, transport, agriculture, etc.), country or incremental levels of emissions and warming.
• An easy to use web-version that is flexible enough to accommodate existing policy pathways from other institutions, and allows users to construct and explore the impacts arising from their own pathways.
• A trusted modelling approach based on a strong co-creation and consultation process between academia, public and business sectors.
• A common platform (Wiki) where science, and policy and civil society stakeholders can share and test their understanding of the interaction between climate change, resource utilisation and evolving policy targets.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 730459.

The text reflects the author’s views. The European Commission is not liable for any use that may be made of the information contained therein.