MEDEAS

The MEDEAS project aims to  integrate the energy sector with other domains, thereby guiding European policy towards a low-carbon economy.

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The transition to a low carbon economy needs to achieve multiple aims: competitiveness, protection of the environment, creation of quality jobs, and social welfare. Thus policymakers and other key stakeholders require tools that  focus beyond the energy sector by including these other domains of economy, society and the environment. Currently, most available tools lack integration of these important areas despite being tightly connected to the energy sector. Moreover, current energy modeling tools often lack documentation, transparency and have been developed for a specialized insider audience, which makes validation and comparison of results as well as independent review impossible. 

The MEDEAS project aims to solve the current needs of integration and transparency by developing a leading-edge policy modelling tool based on WoLiM, TIMES and LEAP models and incorporating Input-Output Analysis, that allows for accounting of environmental, social and economic impacts.

The modular design of the tool will take into account the necessary flexibility to deal with different levels and interests of stakeholders at great sectorial and spatial detail. Finally, transparency will be achieved through an open access freeware distribution of the model based on the open access programming language (Python), providing a detailed user manual, addressed to a wider non-specialist audience, and including free internet courses and learning materials.


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Last edited: 25 August 2016

CONTACT DETAILS

Laixiang Sun

Senior Research Scholar

Water

T +43(0) 2236 807 543

Timeframe

January 2016 - December 2019

International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)
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