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Newsletter, January 2019

January 2018 | Published by REEEM Project

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This newsletter will be released every month to inform you about current achievements, events, the status and progress of the project and any other interesting information concerning REEEM.

What is REEEM?


REEEM is an energy system modelling project which started in February 2016. It is part of the H2020-LCE call, focusing on model-based analysis policy measures and transformation pathways to a sustainable energy system. It is divided in seven work packages featuring different tasks from modelling to analysing.

Taking into account various objectives like defining and assessing pathways and case studies or creating a science-policy interface, the project aims to comprehend the system-wide implications of energy strategies in support of transitions to a competitive low-carbon EU energy society, given the goals outlined in the Strategic Energy Technology Plan. The supportive technology impact assessments will target the full integration from demand to supply and also from the individual to the entire system. It will further address people from different sectors of society.

For more detailed information check out our offical REEEM website.

Latest news

Starting 2019 - Final year of the REEEM project

Happy new year! In 2019 the REEEM project comes down the stretch. We look forward to concluding the project until July - stay tuned and follow-up on results and news on our website and in newsletter!

Paper: Water use in electricity generation for water-energy nexus analyses: The European case

A new REEEM-supported study published in Science of The Total Environment looks into the quality of present day openly available data on the water-energy nexus at larger scales, here highlighted for Europe. The approach is to combine multiple (free) data sources to generate the best possible estimate on the actual 1980-2015 historical water consumption (net share) and withdrawal rates (total share including return flow) for EU28 countries and compare these estimates with reported numbers as available from Eurostat (European statistical office).
A key finding is the resemblance between estimated water withdrawal levels and corresponding reported levels both historically (1980-2015) for EU28 and per country (2015).
For more information on the study, its methods and findings, please see the REEEM website.

Paper: Influence of anthropogenic emissions and boundary conditions on multi-model simulations of major air pollutants over Europe and North America in the Framework of AQMEII3system

The paper investigates the impacts of local versus foreign emissions to the air pollutant concentrations over Europe and North America. We have employed an approach called the Response to Extra-Regional Emission Reductions (RERER), in order to quantify the differences in the strengths of non- local source contributions to different species among the different models.

The results point out that depending on the pollutant, local emission reduction strategies may not always help in achieving better air quality, therefore decreased impact on the human health and the environment.

More inforamtion on the paper can be found on the REEEM website.

Partner of the Month


The Institute of Economics and Rational Energy Use

A total of eleven Organisations, Institutes and Universities from all around Europe are involved in the REEEM project. One of these is the Institute of Economics and Rational Energy Use (IER) from the University of Stuttgart.

The Institute of Energy Economics and Rational Energy Use (IER), from the University of Stuttgart, is composed by over 50 researchers divided in 6 departments, each one responsible for different aspects of the Energy Sector. Three of these departments are participating of the REEEM project, namely, Energy Economics and Social Analysis (ESA), System-Analytical Methods and Heat Market (SAM) and Technology Assessment and Environment (TFU).

The first department, ESA, focuses on the analysis on macroeconomic impacts from energy and environmental policies, which includes effects on Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and competitiveness, as well as distributional impacts on specific industry sectors and households. The main tool is the Computable General Equilibrium (CGE) model NEWAGE, developed by the IER. The second department, SAM, is responsible for analyzing the energy system in Europe through the utilization of a MARKAL based model, TIMES PanEU. The work with TIMES PanEU plays a central role in the project by producing analysis on which every other REEEM partner relies to produce their own analyses. The last department, TFU, uses an impact assessment model, ECOSENSE, to assess the damages caused by air pollutants as, for example, the mortality of European citizens due to low air quality.

Besides the three dimensions, economy, energy and environment, the IER also plays important roles on the definition of scenarios for the project and contributes to the development of other REEEM topics, such as society, innovation and results’ dissemination.

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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 691739.