Tilburg Sustainability Center

Projects Tilburg Sustainability Center

Current projects

Green City Action Plan (GCAP) for the Municipality of Shymkent (Kazahstan)

Period: 2023- 2024

TSC Reserachers: Asel Doranova

Contractor/Sponsor: European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

Partners:

  • ICF International
  • ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability 

Objective:

To assist the Municipality of Shymkent in development of the Green City Action Plan. The objective of the Green Cities Framework is to guide Cities through four main steps – from establishing a i) GrTeen City Baseline, developing a ii) Green City Action Plan, all the way through to iii) implementation and iv) reporting on progress and outcomes.

The team of European and national experts, including ones from TSC are involved in the research, consultation and planning activities.

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CIRCOMOD: Circular Economy Modelling for Climate Change Mitigation

Period: 2022 - 2026

TSC Reserachers: Etienne Lorang, Julie Metta

Contractor/Sponsor: Horizon Europe

Partners:

  • Utrecht University (UU)
  • Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)
  • E3 Modeling (E3M)
  • Euro-Mediterranean Center on Climate Change (CMCC)
  • Leiden University (CML)
  • Freiburg University (ALU)
  • Tilburg University (TiU)
  • SYSTEMIQ (SYS)
  • Pforzheim University (PU)
  • NOVA University (NOVA)
  • PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency (PBL)
  • Power Algae LLC. (PA)

Objective:

Decarbonizing the production and consumption of products and materials play a critical role in reaching ambitious climate targets. As a result, a new circular economic system that aims to reduce primary material use (in addition to energy efficiency and fuel shifts) can address both Greenhous Gas emissions (GHG)s and increase resource efficiency. However, current GHG mitigation models and scenarios that inform climate policymakers do not generally include circular economy (CE) options. They also do not cover the possible synergies of the CE with other societal goals such as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), nor the challenges involved in rearranging value chains and consumer behaviour. CIRCOMOD addresses these challenges by developing a new generation of advanced models and scenarios that will assess how CE can reduce future GHGs and material use. 

The project brings together a unique consortium of leading research teams from different disciplines, including industrial ecology and material flow modelling, process-oriented integrated assessment modelling, and macro-economic modelling. It aims for a breakthrough in integrating CE and GHG mitigation assessments by developing an analytical framework that maps circular economy strategies to existing influential climate scenarios; by providing robust and timely CE data in an open repository; and, by improving the representation of the CE in leading models used by European and global institutions, while strengthening links between the models. These key scientific breakthroughs enable robust scientific assessments in collaboration with stakeholders across policy and industry. It will provide timely input to international assessments such as the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and the International Resource Panel (IRP). CIRCOMOD will provide actionable insights into the circular economy and help address one of the largest challenges of the coming decades.

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BOLSTER: Bridging Organizations and marginalized communities for Local Sustainability in Europe

Period: 2022 - 2025

TSC Reserachers: Asel Doranova

Contractor/Sponsor: Horizon Europe

Partners:

  • Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology Spain (RMIT-EU)
  • University of Economics in Katowice (EUKAT)
  • Sociedade Portuguesa de Inovação (SPI)
  • CrowdHelix (CHX)
  • University of National and World Economy (UNWE)
  • University of Rijeka, Faculty of Tourism & Hospitality Management (FTHM)
  • University of Liege (ULiege)
  • MKBT Make Better (MKBT)
  • European Citizen Action Service (ECAS) 
  • CGE Erfurt (CGE)
  • CEE Bankwatch Network (BWN

Objective:

The European Green Deal (EGD) aims to transform the EU into a fair and prosperous society, with climate neutrality in 2050 and to design deeply transformative transition strategies, under the principle of leaving no one behind. However, the needs of marginalised communities in relation to decarbonisation are not yet fully understood. 

The EU-funded BOLSTER project aims to understand how marginalised communities are affected by EGD-related policies and whether involving them in decision-making processes increases the support for transition plans. BOLSTER will deliver new scientific evidence on decarbonization transition strategies and how they intersect with various dimensions of inequality, such as gender, race, age and class. It will conceptualize the principle of leaving no one behind by developing participatory governance models and transition guidelines based on climate justice and gender equality. BOLSTER will launch action research in ten European regions.

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Completed projects

EU ERA roadmap on circular industrial technologies

Period: 2021 - 2023

TSC Reserachers: Asel Doranova

Contractor/Sponsor: European Commission DG RTD

Partners:

  • Technopolis Group 
  • Arctik

Objective:

This project was implemented upon a request of the European Commission. The goal was to develop the EU roadmap on circular industrial technologies that address the circularity of three industrial ecosystems: construction, textiles and energy-intensive industries. These industries stand out for their resource intensity and waste generation, but also their potential for circularity thereby contributing overall to the circular economy. The study applied extensive desk research, stakeholder consultation, Delphi method and SME survey and delivered a roadmap that presents:

  • A comprehensive synthetic view for industry, research & technology organisations, and policymakers on relevant (upcoming) key circular technologies and business models for different stages of the lifetime of products (design, manufacturing, end-of-life & repurposing)
  • A detailed overview of available EU funding instruments for the development and adoption of circular industrial technologies in the areas of energy-intensive industries, construction, and textiles 

Exploration of potential synergies with national programmes in EU Member States 

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Green City Action Plan (GCAP) for the Municipality of Iasi (Romania)

Period: 2021 - 2022

TSC Reserachers: Asel Doranova

Contractor/Sponsor: European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

Partners:

  • ICF International
  • ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability
  • BDO Romania

Objective:

To assist the Municipality of Iasi in development of the Green City Action Plan. The objective of the Green Cities Framework is to guide Cities through four main steps – from establishing a i) Green City Baseline, developing a ii) Green City Action Plan, all the way through to iii) implementation and iv) reporting on progress and outcomes.

The team of European and national experts, including ones from TSC are involved in the research, consultation and planning activities. 

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Delivering on climate Finance

Period: 2020

Contractor/Sponsor: the Dutch Parliament & Planbureau voor de Leefomgeving (PBL)

Partners: Planbureau voor de Leefomgeving (PBL) / Netherlands Environmental Planning Agency

Objective: 

At the UN climate conference in Copenhagen in 2009, developed countries pledged to collectively mobilize USD 100 billion in climate finance per year to developing countries by 2020.The EU countries including The Netherlands have been reporting on achievements of their share in the common climate finance target. This study aimed to find more insights on these achievements and addresses the following questions:

  • What is the design of climate finance in different countries and what differences and similarities exist as to how public and private funds are mobilized and spent? to what extent is it possible to get a good understanding of policy coherence?
  • On which projects are the mobilised climate finance means spent?
  • What are the effects and outcomes form public climate finance for the generation of private finance, in particular with respect to adaptation and mitigation?
    The study focused on climate finance activities of sic European countries, including France, Germany the Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. The study als looks into the role of the European Union, the EBRD and the EIB in the international climate finance activities of the indicated countries and in general.

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On the transition to a sustainable economy: Field experimental evidence on behavioral interventions

Period: 2016 - 2020

Contractor/Sponsor: Planbureau voor de Leefomgeving (PBL)

Partners: Planbureau voor de Leefomgeving (PBL)/ Netherlands Environmental Planning Agency

Objective:

This PhD project aimed to investigate the impact of behavioral interventions on waste sorting and energy conservation, two domains where sustained environmental conservation has the potential to substantially reduce social costs. The behavioral interventions studied in this thesis capitalize on the bounded self-interest and bounded rationality of households to induce better environmental outcomes. Specifically, in the domain of residential waste sorting the effects of (i) appeals to extrinsic and intrinsic motives, and (ii) social learning where stuided. In the domain of energy conservation, the impact of an information treatment in the form of feedback on a household’s energy consumption were investigated. The interventions were evaluated by means of field experiments. 

Reducing Hunger with Payments for Environmental Services (PES) in Burkina Faso

Period: 2018 - 2019

Contractor/Sponsor: Climate Investment Fund

Partners: Development Impact Evaluation (DIME) Department at the World Bank 

Burkina Faso's Programme d'Investissement Forestier (PIF) 

Objective: 

Both environmental protection and poverty alleviation are high on the international policy agenda for developing countries. We examine whether conditional environmental cash transfer programs contribute to the social protection of the beneficiaries, using data from a randomized controlled trial on reforestation, implemented in cooperation with the government of Burkina Faso. This work was made possible by the financial support from the Climate Investment Funds and thanks to the fruitful collaboration with Burkina Faso's Programme d'Investissement Forestier (PIF) in the implementation of this research. 

Green Lifestyles, Alternative Models and Up-scaling Regional Sustainability (GLAMURS)

Period: 2014 - 2017

TSC Researchers: Sjak Smulders, Aart de Zeeuw, Daan van Soest

Contractor/Sponsor: European Comission, FP7

Partners:

  • University of Corona
  • University of Bath
  • Norwegian University of Science and Technology
  • Helmholtz – Centre for Environmental Research
  • Delft University of Technology 
  • Otto-von-Guericke Universität Magdeburg
  • Università Roma Tre
  • James Hutton Institute
  • Universitatea de Vest dinTimisoara
  • Sustainable Europe Research Institute

Objective:

GLAMURS aims to answer the following main research questions: What are the most important factors influencing sustainable lifestyles, and how do they interact in influencing patterns of time-use and consumption decisions related to them? How will lifestyle patterns evolve over time (within society and the lifespan/life cycle of individuals; intra- and intergenerational) and what are the factors (drivers and obstacles) for reaching sustainable lifestyle path(s)? The tools used in the analyses are from economics and psychology; an important part of the project is devoted to bring these two disciplines together. Another important part concerns the question how developments at the micro-level can be scaled up to the macro-level; here we use insights from evolutionary game theory, growth theory, and ecological modeling.

CREE: Centre for Research on Environmentally friendly Energy

Period: 2011 - 2019

TSC Reserachers: Reyer Gerlagh, Aart de Zeeuw

Contractor/Sponsor: Oslo Centre for Research on Environmentally friendly Energy

Partners:

  • Ragnar Frisch Centre for Economic Research
  • University of Oslo
  • Statistics Norway
  • Gassnova
  • Norwegian Environment Agency
  • Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy
  • Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate
  • Statkraft Energi
  • Statnett
  • Statoil

Objective:

CREE’s aim is to contribute to the collection and establishment of knowledge on how framework conditions affect both the energy market and technological development, including innovation and the diffusion of technology for renewable energy, energy efficiency and carbon capture and storage. The center will work on developing better framework conditions and policy instruments designed to reach the goals established in national and international energy and climate policy. The work of CREE will be relevant for Norwegian policy makers, regulators and important agents in the energy market.

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FP7 ENTRACTE - Economic iNsTRuments to Achieve Climate Targets in Europe

Period: 2012 – 2015

TSC Researchers: Sjak Smulders, Reyer Gerlagh, Aart de Zeeuw, Daan van Soest, Jonathan Verschuuren

Contractor/Sponsor: European Comission, FP7

Partners:

  • Centre for European Economic Research
  • Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research
  • Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei
  •  LSE Grantham Institute
  • Imperial College London
  • Ragnar Frisch Centre for Economic Research
  • AP EnvEcon
  • European Research and Project Office

Objective:

The overarching goal of the ENTRACTE research project is to assess, understand and model the EU's current, as well as future, climate policy portfolios taking into account the key interdependencies between policy instruments and thereby identify the optimal mix of policies needed to achieve legislated and aspirational targets of greenhouse gas emission reductions. 

More specifically, the ENTRACTE project has four goals: First, to coherently assess the most important climate policy instruments with the full range of economic research methods. Second, to gain a deeper understanding of the interactions between multiple climate policy instruments. Third, to provide an analysis that takes into account the barriers to the implementation of climate policy instruments. Fourth, to identify mixes of climate policy instruments that provide an effective, efficient and feasible overall climate policy.

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VICI -Helping African agriculture

Period: 2011 - 2015

TSC Researchers: Erwin Bulte, Daan van Soest, Haki Pamuk

Contractor / Sponsor: NWO (Wageningen Research University is main applicant)

Objective:

Agricultural development is probably the most effective way of tackling the problem of poverty in Africa. But how do we get this process underway? This research attempts to identify the institutions associated with the commercialization and intensification of agriculture in Africa. Special attention will be devoted to areas which have recently experienced an episode of violence.

Energy Literacy (phase 1 & 2)

Period: 2011-2014

TSC Researchers: Dirk Brounen, Erdal Aydin

Contractor/Sponsor: Ministry of Internal Affairs, Agentschap NL

IPCC 5th Assessment Report Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

Period: 2010-2014

TSC Researcher: Reyer Gerlagh

Contractor/Sponsor: United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), World Meteorological Organization (WMO)

Objective:

At regular intervals, the IPCC presents comprehensive scientific assessments of the existing scientific, technical and socioeconomic literature on climate change. As part of the IPCC, the Working Group III will publish the 5th Assessment Report (AR5), assessing all options for mitigating climate change through limiting or preventing greenhouse gas emissions and enhancing activities that remove them from the atmosphere. Reyer Gerlagh has been appointed as Coordinating Lead Author of Chapter 5 in this working group, together with Gabriel Blanco from Argentina and Sangwon Suh from Korea. The full IPCC report will be finalized in 2014.

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Technological lock-in and policy implications (SSB)

Period: 2011 - 2013

TSC Researchers: Reyer Gerlagh

Contractor/Sponsor: Statistics Norway (SSB), Research Council of Norway

Objective:

Within the project ‘Diffusion of Climate Technologies’ the subproject ‘Technological lock-in and policy implications’ aims to analyze barriers to market diffusion created by network externalities in the transport sector. Network externalities may create multiple equilibriums and carbon taxes can be insufficient to move the economy away from the inferior equilibrium. Different subsidy schemes will be analyzed for hydrogen and/or electric cars, and policy rules will be constructed for the optimal timing of both subsidies and taxes.

HFC Web portal/FS Insight

Period: 2011 - 2013

TSC Researchers: Kees Koedijk, Dirk Brounen

Contractor / Sponsor: Holland Financial Centre

Partners:

  • Maastricht University
  • Holland Financial Centre
  • Duisenberg School of Finance

Objective:

FS Insight (“Finance and Sustainability Insight”) is a global platform where top scholars, policy makers and members of the business community can share knowledge of and experience with finance and sustainability. The site is a source of latest ideas and developments, which has set the encouragement of financing the transition towards a sustainable economy as its goal. Sustainability and finance are important issues on the (political) world agenda.

Many scientists and people in the field have accumulated knowledge, insight and experience in these areas. FS Insight gathers this information in a neatly arranged way and makes it accessible to anybody with a professional interest in the subject. FS Insight is the place for the latest news, research and information on events with themes such as: sustainable and responsible investments, green buildings finance, sustainable energy finance, and inclusive finance.

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FP7- Impact Measurement and Performance Analysis of CSR

Period: 2010-2013

TSC Researchers: Johan Graafland, Hugo Smid, Marcel Das

Contractor/Sponsor: European Comission/FP7

Partners:

  • CentERdata 
  • Copenhagen Business School
  • INSEAD
  • TiasNimbas Business School
  • Helsinki School of Economics
  • KULeuven
  • IESE

Objective:

IMPACT aims to assess, measure and monitor the economic, societal and environmental impacts arising from CSR policies and practices in Europe. New and existing tools that measure the impacts of CSR at different levels across European companies, sectors, regions and EU27 will be used. The research will focus on SMEs as well as large companies. It will initiate new panel data to monitor CSR impacts across Europe. The empirical evidence on the impacts of CSR will be used to establish a picture of the contribution by European companies through CSR to meeting the main areas and objectives set in the Lisbon and Gothenburg strategies - competitiveness (including innovation), growth, quality of jobs and sustainability. TSC together with CentERdata is involved in the empirical and econometric analysis of the project.

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Dilemma’s surrounding sustainable consumption

Period: 2013

TSC Researchers: Daan van Soest, Eline van der Heijden, Herman Vollebergh

Contractor/Sponsor: PBL 

Partners: Kees Vringer, Frank Dietz

Objective:

To write a report on how the government can stimulate consumers to adopt a more sustainable consumption pattern. An economic behavioral experiment makes clear that many consumers find sustainable consumption important and are willing to make more sustainable choices – especially when other consumers also do so. The actual sustainability gains are of less importance to consumers. Therefore, it seems the government can encourage sustainable consumption by emphasizing the value of an individual contributions and by ensuring that individual consumers know that a sufficient number of other people are also making more sustainable choices.

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Energy saving & Behavioral experiments

Period: 2012

TSC Researchers: Eline van der Heijden, Daan van Soest

Contractor/Sponsor: Dutch Ministry of Internal Affairs

Objective:

This project analyzes the investment behavior of consumers in relation to energy saving. Central in the study is the assumption that consumers are faced with a trade-off between direct cost (price of the product) and future gains (energy saving), both for themselves and society. In the experiments the impact of the policy option “information supply” (i.e., no information, information on what is good for the consumer, or also information on the societal benefits) what on the consumers’ behavior is investigated.

Contract value: € 55.567 

Designation of Natura 2000 sites

Period: 2012

TSC Researchers: Kees Bastmeijer, Floor Fleurke

Contractor / Sponsor: Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation

Objective:

In this project for the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation we researched whether it is legally possible to join already designated Natura 2000 sites together, thus legally forming one site. This has administrative pros and also some substantive pros, provided ecological benefits of joining areas together are achieved.

Contract value: € 12.000

Regulating Geo-engineering

Period: 2012

TSC Researchers: Jonathan Verschuuren, Floor Fleurke

Contractor/Sponsor: Rathenau Institute

Objective:

In this project for the Rathenau Institute, a research institute funded by the government, we analyzed existing international, EU and domestic law that, intentionally or unintentionally applies to various forms of geo-engineering.

Contract value: € 15.000

Climate Change and Conflict

Period: 2012

TSC Researchers: Jonathan Verschuuren, Floor Fleurke

Contractor/Sponsor: The Hague Institute for Global Justice

Objective:

On the basis of existing research in all relevant fields, we drafted a “state of affairs”-document which formed the main input for an international conference. During the conference options for future research on armed conflict caused by climate change were assessed.

Contract value: € 30.000

Legal issues in the Otapan case

Period: 2012

TSC Researcher: Jonathan Verschuuren

Contractor / Sponsor: Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment

Objective:

A study into legal issues involved in the Otapan case in support of the work of the Otapan Advisory Committee. In this project we answered a range of legal questions on EU and international law on shipments of waste, applied to the Otapan, an end-of-life ship that was illegally shipped to Turkey by the Dutch authorities in 2006.

Contract value: € 20.000

Legal Aspects of Connectivity Conservation

Period: 2012

TSC Researchers: Jonathan Verschuuren, Arie Trouwborst

Contractor/Sponsor: IUCN Environmental Law Centre

Objective:

Together with other authors we drafted a guide on legal aspects of connectivity, i.e. on legal instruments that are applied to connect protected areas to each other in order to combat habitat fragmentation. In addition, two case study reports were drafted (on the EU and on the Netherlands).

Contract value: € 20.000

Legal issues of the Antarctic Treaty System

Period: 2009 – 2012

TSC Researcher: Kees Bastmeijer

Contractor/Sponsor: Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Objective:

The Netherlands are a consultative party to Antarctic Treaty System, ATS. On an ad hoc basis, Kees Bastmeijer advises the Dutch authorities on Legal issues concerning the international management of Antarctica. This involves representing the Netherlands during conferences of the parties to the ATS.

Contract value: € 52.000

Chair on Nature Conservation Law and Water Law

Period: 2009 – 2012

TSC Researcher: Kees Bastmeijer

Contractor/Sponsor: Province of Noord-Brabant, regional Water Boards, environmental NGOs (Natuur­monumenten, Staatsbosbeheer, Brabants Landschap)

Objective:

The research of relevant legal issues in the field of nature conservation and water management from a local perspective, with an explicit focus on international and European obligations that have to be implemented at the local level. The chair is financed for a period of four years (2009-2013). We aim at continuation after 2013.

Contract value: € 280.000

VENI -Towards climate change proof international nature conservation law

Period: 2010-2012

TSC Researcher: Arie Trouwborst

Contractor/Sponsor: NWO

Objective:

Biological diversity worldwide is expected to come under increasing stress on account of climate change. International cooperation between states is required, inter alia because species and ecosystems will (attempt) to shift their distributions, including across jurisdictional boundaries. Current international nature conservation regimes were, however, not created with climate change in mind. It remains unclear to what extent these regimes are equipped to adequately facilitate the adaptation of biodiversity to climate change, although a substantial mismatch seems likely. In this light, the dual aim of the proposed research project is (1) to assess the current capacity of international nature conservation law to facilitate the adaptation of species and ecosystems to climate change, and (2) to identify and develop approaches for the enhancement of that capacity.

Contract value: € 250.000

The co-evolution of renewable natural resources and informal institutions

The co-evolution of renewable natural resources and informal institutions, and the implications for government policy design

Period: 2006 – 2011

TSC Researcher: Daan van Soest

External researcher: Jan Stoop

Contractor/Sponsor: NWO

Objective:

This research project starts from the observation that in some instances, government intervention is effective in conserving renewable natural resources (specific species, or more generally biodiversity), but not in others. The key objective of this project is to identify the factors that determine failure or success. We argue that government intervention does not necessarily take place in a vacuum; sets of local self-enforcing rules (also known as informal institutions) may exist that govern resource use. Success or failure of government intervention depends crucially on whether this intervention strengthens or weakens the local set of regulations. We combine mathematical biology with economic modeling and behavioral experiments, to obtain a unique mix of methods allowing us to address the research topic.

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Contract value: € 242.603

Energy Labels and Saving in the Housing Market

Period: 2011

TSC Researchers: Dirk Brounen

Contractor/Sponsor: Ministry of Internal Affairs, Agentschap NL

Contract value: € 59.381

SENSE – Sustaining eco-economic norms for a sustainable environment

Period: 2008-2011

TSC Researchers: Aart de Zeeuw, Marius Ochea

Contractor/Sponsor: NWO

Objective:

SENSE combines perspectives from ecological and evolutionary theory, from economics and the theory of games, from the mathematics of dynamical systems to the theory of complex adaptive systems to provide new insights on the achievement of cooperation in addressing problems of the Global Commons. Central to the CRP will be the Tragedy of the Commons, in which individual benefit and group interest are in opposition. SENSE draws heavily on field work on cooperation and leadership in vertebrate groups; experimental work on the role of punishment in sustaining norms; theoretical work in game theory; and the mathematical modeling of the dynamics of complex adaptive systems.

Contract value: € 199.411

Three years REACH in the Netherlands

Period: 2011

TSC Researchers: Floor Fleurke

Contractor/Sponsor: Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment

Objective:

Evaluation for the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment of the application of the EU REACH regulation on chemicals in the Netherlands during the 2007-2010 period.

Contract value: € 10.000

PLANETS – Probabilistic Long-Term Assessment of New Energy Technology Scenarios

Period: 2009 – 2010

TSC Researcher: Reyer Gerlagh

Contractor/Sponsor: European Commission

Partners:

  • CHALMERS
  • LEI
  • FEEM
  • ECN
  • USTUTT
  • KANLO
  • ORDECSYS
  • UNIMAN

Objective:

PLANETS is meant to devise robust scenarios for the evolution of low carbon energy technologies in the next 50 years. A suite of six energy-economy-climate modeling groups has participated in the project. The portfolio of models spans broad regional coverage, technological detail, and representation of economic interrelations. Using this approach, the models have analyzed the implications of climate policies under a wide set of assumptions about national commitments and the use of international carbon offsets. This assessment has been expanded to account for uncertainties regarding the future evolution of climate policies and the prospects of key carbon mitigation technologies. This expansion has been implemented by means of stochastic and robust modeling analysis. The analysis has been supplemented by dedicated technology assessments that have investigated the sustainability, competitiveness, and technological evolution of a different energy future.

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Contract value: € 44.899

VIDI- Natural resources, endogenous institutions and economic growth

Period: 2005-2010

TSC Researcher: Erwin Bulte

Contractor/Sponsor: NWO

Objective:

Contrary to expectations, empirical work suggests an inverse relation between natural resource abundance and economic growth. This phenomenon has been coined “the resource curse”. The proposed research aims to evaluate the robustness of the resource curse, and will formalize the links between resource wealth, institutional quality and economic growth. This will involve a combination of empirical work (varying proxies of resource abundance and economic performance) and theoretical modeling. We will switch between the micro –, meso – and macro perspective, focusing on, respectively, (i) the spontaneous emergence of institutions as the outcome of decentralized interaction by agents in the economy, (ii) strategic interaction between industries and planner searching for various sorts of rents, and (iii) the impact of resource abundance on de facto property rights regimes and economic growth in a growth model.

Contract value: € 405.600