MEDEAS uses advanced modelling techniques to produce a flexible tool to help decision makers steer the European economy towards a low carbon future under different policy, technology, resource availability and consumption scenarios. The transition to a low carbon economy needs to satisfy multiple (often competing) objectives including: socio-economic competitiveness, protection of the environment, creation of quality jobs, and social welfare. Policy-makers and other key stakeholders require holistic tools which do not just focus on the energy sector, but consider the implications of policies on other domains including the economy, society and the environment. Currently, many tools lack sufficient integration of these important areas despite being tightly connected to the energy sector. MEDEAS project aims to solve these challenges by developing a leading-edge open-source energy modelling tool.
MEDEAS main results are the following:
- A suite of MEDEAS models system nested in four geographical domains: World, Europe, Bulgaria and Austria in python programming language: pymedeas_w; pymedeas_eu; pymedeas_at; pymedeas_bg.
- The MEDEAS database management system to allow users to store, retrieve and manage the data generated within the MEDEAS project publicly.
- An online portal forum to give support to pymedeas users and provide information on project achievements.
- A Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) that will take place in April 2019 and aims at introducing stakeholders in the use of the MEDEAS models system.
- A White Book of policy recommendations that will be released in October 2019.
- Project title: Guiding European Policy toward a low-carbon economy. Modelling Energy system Development under Environmental And Socioeconomic constraints (MEDEAS)
- Funding scheme: European Union Horizon 2020 Programme (EU H2020, grant agreement no. 691287)
- Duration: 4 years (1 January 2016 – 31 December 2019)
- Project coordinator: ICM-CSIC – Institute of Marine Sciences – Spanish National Research Council, Barcelona, Spain
- Project website: https://www.medeas.eu/