Energy

Energy Transition Expertise Centre

The Energy Transition Expertise Centre (EnTEC) is a multi-disciplinary centre of expertise for the energy transition, aiming to identify relevant future topics for the energy transition. 

Introduction

The clean energy transition has spurred the modernisation of the European economy, driven sustainable economic growth and brought strong societal and environmental benefits for European citizens. The EU has been broadly on track to achieve its 2020 greenhouse gas, renewable energy and energy efficiency targets. For 2030, ambitious targets have been set for renewables (32% of total energy consumption) and energy efficiency (32,5% reduction compared to projections), and new rules have been adopted to ensure that these targets will be reached in a cost-efficient way that keeps energy prices competitive and maintains the high-level of security of supply in the EU.

The targets for 2030 are however only intermediate – they support the EU to get on track to meet its commitments under the Paris Agreement. The Commission’s long-term strategy outlines the economic and societal transformations required to achieve the transition to net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 and the European Green Deal aims to further cut emissions by at least 55% by 2030.

To meet these challenges a (virtual) multi-disciplinary centre of expertise for the energy transition – EnTEC - has been set up that monitors and analyses trends in technologies and innovations that are relevant for the energy transition, in the energy sector but also in other relevant sectors, in particular transport and mobility, industry, the digital sector and cities, homes and buildings. The centres work is also related to the overall aim of creating a (more) sustainable society.

Further, the experts of the EnTEC will analyse the impacts of technologies and innovations on the energy transition, provide recommendations for policy responses that guide the energy transition and its impact on and interaction with other sectors and with other policy areas

To achieve this aim, EnTEC elaborates and applies a systematic framework for monitoring and identification of relevant topics, of which, on an annual basis 3-4 topics will be selected and defined for an explorative or in-depth analysis. The explorative/in-depth projects will be framed and conducted by the Innovation Research Team (IRES) of the EnTEC and external experts.

Project planning

Date

Event/plan

January 2021

Project start

March 2021

Website launch

Project 1

XXX

Project 2

XXX

Note: other events, such as enquiries, will be added to the planning when they are available

Study team

The Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research ISI (Germany) analyses the origins and impacts of innovations and researches the short- and long-term developments of innovation processes and the impacts of new technologies and services on society. Its expertise is founded on its scientific competence as well as an interdisciplinary and systemic research approach.

Role in the study: Technical and project management of the EnTEC; core sector expertise in all relevant sectors.

Guidehouse collaborates with and serves as trusted advisers to utilities and energy companies, large corporations, investors, NGOs, and the public sector to help them thrive in the rapidly changing energy, resources, and infrastructure environment. Guidehouse’s areas of expertise include sustainable energy policy design and evaluation, including RES development, power market design, energy efficiency policies and climate change measures, and we conduct around 40 large projects in the European public sector domain annually.

Role in project and study: sector expertise in cities, buildings and homes; energy; industries and services

The Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO) is an independent research organisation which carries out applied R&D on, among others, strategic business & policy analysis, energy technologies, traffic & transport, and circular economy and environment. TNO provides in-depth knowledge across the entire breadth of the energy system to support authorities at all levels as well as industry, companies, trade associations, NGOs and citizens in accelerating the energy transition.

Role in the study: Quality management; sector expertise in energy, mobility and transport, and cities, buildings and homes

The Faculty of Geosciences has a leading international position in academic research into sustainability, and urbanisation. The research group Energy&Resources focuses its research on transitioning to a sustainable energy and resource systems, with special attention to integrating the efficient use of energy and resources with renewable energy supply solutions, at various scales. 

Role in project: sector expertise with a special focus on energy, society, bio-economy, transition

McKinsey & Company is a leading global management consulting firm that employs more than 30,000 people across 65 countries. (reduce space) They have cutting-edge expertise in 180 areas across 22 industry practices and 12 business functions, supported by substantial research and knowledge development efforts. Their functional practices include a range of new ways to help clients access data and insights and implement change in different industries, including agriculture, automotive,oil & gas, electric power & natural gas, and chemicals.

Role in the study: sector expertise in digital and decarbonisation topics.

Trinomics is an economic consultancy firm that conducts research and provides policy advice to diverse public and private sector clients for topics related to energy, environment and climate change. It has extensive expertise on a variety of methods and tools, as well as, in the field of energy, on topics such as energy technology innovation, decarbonisation pathways and energy-economy interactions. 

Role in the study: Sector expertise in the field of energy, digitalisation, industry and services, and cities and buildings.

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