6th October 2020 – 8th October 2020 all-day
Online Conference

The fourth conference of the Energy Modelling Platform for Europe (EMP-E) will take place on 6th– 8th October 2020 and will be hosted by the European Commission DG Research & Innovation in Brussels. The conference is put together in co-operation with the H2020 Energy Modelling Group, made up of eight Horizon 2020 projects.

The EMP-E brings together scientists and policy makers working on current energy modelling and energy policy issues, looking at the current and future opportunities for change. This annual conference seeks to bridge the gap between scientific modellers and policy makers at all levels, with the help of European Commission representatives. To reach beyond local, national and regional policymakers, and engage with the widest possible range of stakeholders involved in the EU energy system, modelling and policy insights developed during the conference will be opened up to a peer review process and compiled into an informative report.

The platform creates an environment for exchange and sharing of ideas, where research and development in energy modelling currently undertaken across Europe can reach policy makers and other modellers. By creating this space to share ideas, European energy modelling data, tools and results can help inform the next energy innovations and policy.  

The EMP-E aims to foster a more interactive agenda with plenaries, focus groups and a networking space. This year’s conference covers the following themes:

  • Impact of COVID-19 on the energy system:  What are the consequences for future energy modelling?
  • Climate Neutral Pathways, scenarios and storylines: Lessons learned for the European Green Deal 
  • Socio and economic impacts of decarbonisation: how to design a transition that is socially fair an economically viable? 
  • Sector integration: Decarbonisation through multi-energy carrier integration 
  • Smart cities, Smart grids and digitalisation: Modelling insights and lessons learned 
  • Circularity, use of raw material
  • Consumer and Citizen Engagement 
  • Transformation of the Energy system: centralization vs further decentralisation
  • Climate neutrality: energy modelling, weather, and climate 
  • Uncertainty and modelling: lessons learned and uncertainty in modelling 
  • Energy modelling tools contributions to National Energy/Climate plans 
  • Infrastructure for integrating open-source models across spatial and sectoral scales to facilitate openness and transparency 

To foster maximum exchange and knowledge sharing, the networking space will give all conference participants a place to continue discussions from sessions and to start dialogues about the EU energy modelling space. This space will also display posters from researchers on a variety of topics of the conference themes, giving an even wider overview of the EU energy modelling context. We encourage researchers and policy makers alike to use this unique opportunity to discuss their own work and the work of others and to gain valuable insight into EU energy modelling projects.

The results of the meeting will be published after a peer-review process in a Journal special issue which will be provided as input to high-level events.