Research project

INNOPATHS - Innovation pathways, strategies and policies for the Low-Carbon Transition in Europe

This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement number 730403

The Paris Agreement substantially increased the need for countries and regions to understand the full economic, social and environmental implications of the deep decarbonisation to which the global community is now committed. The EU has long had decarbonisation ambitions, but there remains considerable uncertainty as to precisely how these ambitions will be achieved, or what the impacts of such achievement will be on the EU economy and society more generally. INNOPATHS will resolve this uncertainty to the extent possible, will characterise and provide a quantification of the uncertainty which remains, and will describe in great detail a number of possible low-carbon pathways for the EU, together with the economic, social and environmental impacts to which they are likely to lead. These pathways will be co-designed with the aid of 23 stakeholders from different sectors who have already provided letters of support to INNOPATHS. INNOPATHS will suggest through this analysis how the benefits of these pathways, such as new industries, jobs and competitiveness, may be maximized, and how any negative impacts, such as those on low-income households, or on carbon-intensive sectors, may be mitigated. INNOPATHS will communicate its insights through the normal scientific channels, and make substantial contributions to the scientific literature, but will go well beyond this in terms of interactions with stakeholders, building on the co-design processes in the project to reach out to stakeholder networks of businesses, NGOs, local and national policy makers. INNOPATHS will create four innovative online tools to explain its pathways, technological transitions and policies, to different constituencies. Through these tools and other dissemination and communication mechanisms, INNOPATHS will have a substantial impact on the climate and energy policy debates up to and beyond 2020, increasing the probability that decisions in this area will be taken in an informed and cost-effective way.

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Group members

External Partners

  • Switzerland

    ETH Zürich (Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich)

    ETH Zurich is a public research university in the city of Zürich, Switzerland. Founded by the Swiss Federal Government in 1854 with the stated mission to educate engineers and scientists, the school focuses exclusively on science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

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  • France

    Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris (SCIENCES PO)

    Sciences Po is a fully-fledged, self-governing research university specialised in the social-economic sciences and the humanities. It enrols 13,000 students per year, out of which 46% of foreign students from more than 130 countries. Sciences Po is the leading research university in the social sciences in France with 60 full-time professors, more than 200 researchers, 80 foreign professors invited each year and 400 academic partnerships with universities around the world. Sciences Po is home to a doctoral school offering 7 graduate programmes to around 400 Ph.D. students. Based on a multi-disciplinary approach, it associates and combines skills and know-how from the different social sciences – in particular economics, history, political science, sociology and law.

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  • United Kingdom

    UoS - University of Sussex

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  • Netherlands

    University of Utrecht

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  • Poland

    University of Warsaw

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  • Finland

    Aalto University

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  • Germany

    Allianz Climate Solutions (ACS)

    ACS is a subsidiary of Allianz Asset Management AG.

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    University of Cambridge (UCAM)

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  • Italy

    Euro-Mediterranean Center on Climate Change (CMCC)

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  • Greece

    E3-Modelling

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  • Germany

    Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI)

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  • United Kingdom

    Nice and Serious

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  • Germany

    Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK)

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  • United Kingdom

    University College London (UCL)

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