Low-carbon society:

 an enhanced modelling tool for the transition to sustainability





all-day 6th Transforming Care Conference... @ University of Sheffield, UK
6th Transforming Care Conference... @ University of Sheffield, UK
Jun 23 – Jun 28 all-day
6th Transforming Care Conference- Sheffield @ University of Sheffield, UK
2023 conference theme: Around the world, care in all its forms – of children, of adults with disabilities and of frail older people – is becoming increasingly challenging, visible and important. In focusing on boundaries,[...]


We work on designing a new IAM (Integrated Assessment Model) 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 a sophisticated model 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.




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Managing energy intensity

Managing energy intensity could be a make-or-break factor in sustainability transitions. Successful decarbonisation needs more than the right energy mix. A new study by the LOCOMOTION project suggests it also requires a sound policy mix combining energy efficiency,...

Moving within limits: this is why zero impact mobility needs degrowth

Accelerating towards zero-emission mobility could lead to the depletion of materials such as copper, cobalt and lithium within 30 years or sooner. For net-zero mobility, technological innovation is not enough: we need to rethink our travels, and the benefits could...

Shaping raw materials policy: it’s time for civil society to dig in 

The past few years have turned the EU’s perception of raw materials on its head. The seeming stability turned into lingering insecurity. Amid global tensions, ruthless war at its borders, and price spikes, the EU needs to secure the necessary supply of materials for...

Slowing down to ramp up: why net zero mobility needs degrowth

Electrification is a necessary step towards sustainable mobility. However, it has never been sufficient. Mobility in the twenty-first century will necessitate more than simply switching to a cleaner energy source. By Andreas Budiman Decarbonising transport takes vast...

Modelling workshop in Bilbao

From January 31st to February 2nd, took place the LOCOMOTION project modelling workshop in Bilbao (Spain). Hosted by BC3, the modelling workshop helped to advance in the pending tasks for the construction of the WILIAM model, emphasizing the interconnections between...

Mapping out space for nature-positive renewables

EU plans to expand renewables will reshape land uses in Europe, and this may trigger conflict. Decision-makers must develop strategic spatial planning, through eco-sensitive mapping and community engagement, to ensure the solar and wind revolution does not come at...

A new path for 100% renewable energy in Spain

Spain could run on 100% renewables by 2050 or sooner, but it will take more than technological advances. Accounting for material scarcities, reducing demand and policy innovation will all be necessary to make the transition a reality. And now, amid the energy...

It’s high time to reduce working time

What if one political decision could revolutionise climate chaos, energy shortages, job burn-out, accidents, inequality, and ageing? Implementing a four-day work week could just do that. Nick Meynen and Andreas Budiman report. Giving people more freedom from work...

Resources for net-zero: beyond the Earth’s crust

Current net zero ambitions demand raw materials beyond their reserves, aggravating geopolitical tensions and endangering a sustainable future. To address this challenge, we need to see energy and resource demand as a broader systemic issue. Andreas Budiman and Ruby...

Breaking silence on climate and social injustice at COP27

As climate chaos escalates across the world, the UN Conference of the Parties (COP27) comes at a crucial time for a coordinated and socially just global response. Despite its importance, the conference kicks off marred by the attempt to greenwash its host, Egypt, a...


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