Joint Research Centre - European Commission

The European Commission's in-house science service
European Commission

Energy and Transport Economic Assessment

Institute for Prospective Technological Studies

Action: 13108

Acronym: ETEA


This action feeds the EU policy-making process in the fields of energy and transport by providing reliable information on energy and transport technology trends, resources and markets at both EU and world levels and by evaluating the impact of accelerated technological change and other relevant policies crucial for the socio-economic system.

It contributes also to the impact assessment of policy measures and other initiatives of DGTREN and DGENV, through the application of the models TRANSTOOLS, POLES and TREMOVE. The action carries out quantitative analyses, and provides the technical support to DGTREN for the planning, development and application of the TRANSTOOLS model.

The principal tasks of the Action are:

o Continuous update of techno-economic information (energy & transport statistics and databases, etc.) and upgrade and maintenance of the models and tools used. (Capacity building)

o Production of scenarios (tailored to tackle the issues at stake) to provide the policy making process with quantitative reference material for impact assessment. (Policy support, SET-P)

o Elaboration of reports on particular technology branches (fuel cells, renewables, hydrogen, large industrial sectors, biofuels, etc) on request. (Task force on Biofuels, etc)

o Support the prioritization of R&D in the energy field by providing relevant prospective scientific and techno-economic quantitative and qualitative information (SET-P support)

A co-financing Administrative Arrangement (AA) exists with DGTREN A (Economic Analysis), to provide support with quantitative analytical reference material to conduct ex-ante impact assessments for transportation and energy policies. The AA foresees the exploitation of the TRANSTOOLS model to impact assess policy initiatives in the transportation sectors (road pricing, internalisation of external costs, etc.) On the energy sector, the ETSER AA channels the support to the SET-Plan and contributes to technology-monitoring.

The action is integrated with other Actions, primarily the ones in IE (13107 REFREE, 13202 TransTech, and 13102 ASSETS) and IES 13206 AIRMODE directly dealing with similar issues. The actions contribute also to the SET-Plan Information Sytem (SETIS) with analysis and scenarios. These contributions makes ETTEA one of the building bricks of the support of the JRC to DG TREN, in view of being formalised with a broad MoU on Energy issues and another one dealing with Transport.

The action already builds a large share of its customer-driven activity on competitive projects co-financed by DGRTD and DGTREN under the 7th RTD FP. The project NEEDS reviews figures for the external costs of energy cycles and builds the pan-European energy model TIMES-NEEDS, and ULCOS addresses the technological change in steelmaking sectors. On the transportation sector, iTREN develops scenarios and tools to assess the impacts of policies in inter-related transport, energy and technology fields. Some other projects related to transport will be launched during 2009. In addition, some activities are foreseen to valorise and disseminate the results of past IPs, like PREMIA, TRIAS, HOP! and the exploitation of TRANSTOOLS.

As exploratory research, the action also develops the EEEM (Electrical European Energy Model) to analyse the EU single market of electricity. The model is meant to be a tool primarily exploited by DGTREN.