The first critical co-design workshop for the development of an EU wide (and Switzerland) public policy climate change model called European Calculator, on 23rd April in Brussels gathered more that 15 prominent professionals from private and civil sector, as well as the participants from European Commission-DG Energy, Environment, Climate, Agriculture and Transport. This handpicked group of key decision/policy makers, that are active in developing sustainable low carbon development pathways for Europe, made first steps in shaping the European Calculator. The interesting discussion was aimed at focusing the project directly to assist this group of people in their strategic decision making. During this workshop, the objectives and the scope of the European Calculator project were explained and participants were asked to outline their needs in terms of outputs, sectorial coverage, technology inclusion. The main question that were covered and discussed were the main transformational challenges and dilemmas that participants face in decision making and that the European Calculator ought to address and what social impact issues should be covered by the European Calculator.

Inclusion of the users’ perspective in the future development of the model is crucial, in order to satisfy the practical needs of decision makers. The model will introduce an intermediate level of complexity and a multi-sector approach based on co-design with scientific and societal actors and 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.

The European Calculator project will deliver an urgently needed comprehensive, transparent and dynamic framework for research, business, and public sector decision makers. The project and associated decision support tool will identify and enable the synergies and trade-offs arising from feasible European decarbonisation pathways to be rapidly and robustly evaluated. SEE Change NET is the only non-EU partner on this project, as well as the only organisation from SEE region. The project received funding from Horizon 2020 programme and also includes the following partners: Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, Imperial College of Science Technology & Medicine, Climate Media Factory, Climact SA, Buildings Performance Institute Europe ASBL, Austrian Society for Environment and Technology, University of Copenhagen, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology of Lausanne, University of East Anglia, PANNON Pro Innovations Ltd., T6 Ecosystems srl and Delft University of Technology.

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