Early this week I attended an interesting conference at the European Commission headquarters in Brussels: the Energy Modelling Platform conference for Europe (EMP-E). It is organized by four big European projects on modelling, energy and environment: MEDEAS, REEM, REFLEX and SET-Nav. There were very interesting discussions between scientists and policy-makers around modelling on many different topics and areas such as energy, economics, engineering, environment, etc.
I had the opportunity to present some of the results of the METRES project to the plenary audience and in a poster. Specifically, those related to the achievability of a double dividend by an Environmental Fiscal Reform (EFR). I also had the opportunity to meet many interesting scientists from other parts of Europe.
Plenary sessions included key themes like ‘modelling of behavioral aspects’, ‘integrated modelling of energy and resource efficiency’ and ‘innovation in the energy transition’, all of them important from the point of view of the research I am carrying out in METRES. Both in plenary and parallel sessions, I would highlight current discussions in modelling community around two main issues: ‘open access’ of the models we develop, and the real usefulness/limits of them. I could observe that they showed up in many sessions and generate controversy amongst the community.
More information on the conference can be found here.