Low-carbon society:

 an enhanced modelling tool for the transition to sustainability





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38th International Conference of the System Dynamics Society "Hindsight in 2020: Learning from the Past to Inspire the Future"
Please mark your calendar and plan on taking part in the International Conferences of the System Dynamics Society in 2020 and 2021. 2020 38th International Conference of the System Dynamics Society “Hindsight in 2020: Learning[...]


We work on designing a new set of IAMs (Integrated Assessment Models) to become a low-carbon society

Europe and the world stand at a turning point. The global climate is heating up. Species are dying out at an unprecedented rate, leading to massive biodiversity loss. Ecosystems are collapsing. Many of the world’s finite resources are being overexploited.

At the centre of this worldwide crisis stands humanity.

Citizens are demanding change, while civil society and policymakers are seeking sustainable alternatives for a low-carbon, net zero-emissions future.
LOCOMOTION is helping in this endeavour by developing sophisticated models to assess the socioeconomic and environmental impact of different policy options in order to help society make informed decisions about the transition to a sustainable, low-carbon future.


latest project updates

LOCOMOTION’s third modelling workshop

The third LOCOMOTION modelling workshop took place on 18-20 May 2020 as an online conference due to COVID-19. The University of Iceland (UoI) led the workshop activities and more than 20 researchers discussed the status of the ‘Technical and biophysical system...

The climate-friendly future of transport

LOCOMOTION colleagues from the University of Valladolid presented some preliminary results from a series of simulation carried out using the MEDEAS-World model, LOCOMOTION’s predecessor. The simulation found that relying solely on future technological innovation would...

LOCOMOTION’s second modelling workshop

The second LOCOMOTION modelling workshop is taking place on 5-6 May 2020 through different online conferences due to the influence of COVID-19. The University of Valladolid (UVa) is leading the workshop activities and more than thirty researchers are discussing the...

2050: How to make humanity and nature thrive

It is possible to revolutionise humanity’s relationship with nature and avert environmental catastrophe. Margarita Mediavilla* dreams up a vision of what a sustainable future would be like. It’s easy to find catastrophic visions of the future in the scientific...

Avoiding the inequities of green growth

Green growth alone causes greater inequality, a new model suggests. But there are socially just alternatives.By André Cieplinski Our team at the University of Pisa, in partnership with LOCOMOTION, published the results of our simulation exploring alternative routes...

Energy transition: From words to actions

Energy transition: From words to actionsLOCOMOTION’s Spanish partner is taking a central role in efforts to build an integrated community of modellers charting the path to a sustainable energy transition in Spain By Pablo García García As the climate emergency heats...

LOCOMOTION’s first modelling workshop

Lisbon hosted LOCOMOTION’s first modelling workshop on 22-23 January 2020. It was organised by Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa (FC-ID), which leads the environmental work package (WP6). At this workshop, 15 researchers from seven LOCOMOTION partner...

Forecasting the future involves uncertainty

A paper by LOCOMOTION’s Amandine Pastor has been published in CATENA, an interdisciplinary journal of soil science, hydrology and geomorphology. The article presents a review of Integrated Assessment Models (IAMs) under global change to understand how uncertainties...

The renewable revolution

An article entitled “The renewable revolution cannot occur with limitless growth, experts warn” written by our LOCOMOTION’S colleague Khaled Diab (EEB) has been published in Meta on 3 December 2019. The article presents the important role of renewable energy and the...

LOCOMOTION project in top Spanish newspaper

The Spanish newspaper El Mundo published an article entitled ‘Climate change analysts’ about the Group of Energy, Economy, and System Dynamics (GEEDS) at the University of Valladolid, in which the coordinator of this group and of LOCOMOTION, Luis Javier Miguel...



project consortium


University of Valladolid


University of Pisa


Sustainable Development of Energy, Water and Environment Systems


Austrian Energy Agency


Basque Centre for Climate Change


Centre of Economic Scenario Analysis and Research


University of Iceland


Centre for Renewable Energy Sources and Saving Foundation


United Nations University/Institute for Environment and Human Security


Association for the Investigation and Development of Sciences


European Environmental Bureau


Ecological and Forestry Applications Research Centre


CARTIF Technology Centre

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