DEEDS has started in October 2017 and will end in September 2020. It is supported by the EU Horizon 2020 framework, implemented by a consortium of 15 leading European research organisations on decarbonisation.


The Nederlandse Organisatie voor toegepast-natuurwetenschappelijk Onderzoek (TNO) is a major contract research organisation in Europe. TNO is carrying out research to impact on the following five themes: Healthy Living, Industrial Innovation, Urbanisation, Energy, and Defense, Safety and Security. By applying and translating scientific knowledge into innovation and practice, TNO contributes to the innovation capacity of businesses and government. TNO is involved in many international projects, including EU-funded collaborations.

Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei (FEEM) is a non-for-profit, nonpartisan research institution established in Italy and devoted to the study of sustainable development and global governance. FEEM is a leading research centre, providing timely and objective analysis on a wide range of environmental, energy and global economic issues.
FEEM’s mission is to improve the quality of decision-making in public and private spheres by creating an international and multidisciplinary network of researchers working on several innovative programmes and dissiminating research results through various outreach activities.

Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) is representing CIRED, a joint research unit between CNRS, Ecole des Ponts parisTech, EHESS, AgroParisTech and CIRAD. The work includes modelling systems exploring the relationships between economy, energy and climatic issues, including long-term models capturing the interactions between development patterns and the environment, and decision-making models under uncertainty and scientific controversies.

Apart from providing expertise to the French government, international organizations (e.g., World Bank, IEA, OECD), NGOs and firms, CIRED has also extensively contributed to the work of Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

E3 Modelling (E3M) is a knowledge-based company for modelling and economic research, specialising in the development and use of large-scale applied models. E3M also carries out impact assessment studies focusing in the fields of economy, energy and the environment. The company provides consultancy services based on the use of complex large-scale applied mathematical models and inherits the curriculum of E3MLab, the modelling experience and the personnel, focusing in the fields of energy and environmental economics. E3-Modelling develops several sector and region specific models demonstrating detailed GHG emissions scenarios and different abatement technologies.

EIT InnoEnergy is a European Public-Private Partnership acting as a catalyzer of innovation in sustainable energy by supporting innovation projects, providing acceleration services to start-ups and organizing Master’s and PhD programmes. InnoEnergy provides strategic policy advice, manages a broad stakeholder network in the energy domain, develops cost analysis of technologies, drafts technology roadmaps and identifies top EU innovators in the energy field.

Kungliga Tekniska Hoegskolan (KTH) is responsible for one third of Sweden’s capacity for technical research and engineering education. Research at KTH is organised in five research platforms encompassing energy, ICT, materials, transport and life science technology. KTH is a lead partner in three Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs) of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), namely InnoEnergy, ICT Labs and EIT Health. KTH is involved in 224 ongoing EU projects.

The Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) is a non-profit research institute addressing crucial scientific questions in the fields of global change, climate impacts and sustainable development. The institute develops and uses a significant number of globally renowned and complex computational models which allow scientists to assess many aspects of climate and global change phenomena ranging from ice sheets via land-use changes to the economic costs of decarbonisation for the economy. The results of PIK research and modelling are used for IPCC reports such as the Special Report on Renewable Energy Sources (SRREN, 2011) and the influential Fifth Assessment Report.

The Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI) is a multi-disciplinary research centre for natural sciences and technology and the largest Swiss national research institute. PSI is active in solid state physics, materials sciences, elementary particle physics, life sciences, nuclear and non-nuclear energy research, and energy-related ecology. PSI’s priorities lie in areas of basic and applied research, particularly in fields which are relevant for sustainable development. The institute hosts the Laboratory for Energy Systems Analysis at PSI, which is an interdepartmental laboratory conducting analytical research covering current and future fossil, nuclear and renewable energy systems.

The Environmental Research Institute in University College Cork is an inter-disciplinary research institute and is one of Ireland’s leading research institutes in the areas of marine, environmental and energy research. UCC’ Environmental Research Centre has the following main competences: (1) Integrated EU climate and energy policy expertise (2) Economy wide low carbon roadmap developments (3) Energy system and land use interactions in low carbon futures.

The UCL Energy Institute of the University College London is the mechanism for bringing together a wide range of perspectives, understandings and procedures in energy research, transcending the boundaries between academic disciplines. It brings together multidisciplinary teams, providing critical mass and capacity for large projects. In particular, the UCL Energy Institute develops and undertakes research in the areas of energy-demand reduction and energy systems, to improve energy security and facilitate a transition to a low-carbon economy.  It has a wide portfolio of energy models focused on energy systems, macro-economics, integrated assessment, and end-use sectors (industry, transport and buildings).

The World Future Council brings the interests of future generations to the centre of policy making. The Council addresses challenges to our common future and provides decision makers with effective policy solutions. In-depth research underpins advocacy work for international agreements, regional policy frameworks and national law-making and thus produces practical and tangible results. In close collaboration with civil society actors, parliamentarians, governments, business and international organizations, we identify future just policies around the globe. The results of this research then feed into the advocacy work, supporting decision makers in implementing those policies.

The WBCSD is a global, CEO-led organization of over 200 leading businesses and partners working together to accelerate the transition to a sustainable world. It supports member companies  to become more successful and sustainable by focusing on the maximum positive impact for shareholders, the environment and societies. WBCSD is uniquely positioned to work with member companies along and across value chains to deliver high-impact business solutions to the most challenging sustainability issues.

Université de Genève is a University and research centre offering a wide variety of disciplines. The cooperations with other institutes extend across countries and UNIGE is involved in several research projects on the EU level. The university hosts a strong faculty in the energy domain. The members are also working in different Swiss Competence Centers on energy. The focus area of the work is divided into: Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy Systems and Energy, Policy and Economics. The sub group Renewable Energy Systems conducts long range energy projections and socio-technical energy solutions amongst other activities.

The International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) is an international scientific institute that conducts policy-oriented, interdisciplinary research on international relevant topics in cross-academic contexts, such as climate change. IIASA is an independent institute with the mission to provide insights and guidance to policymakers worldwide by finding solutions to global and universal problems through applied systems analysis in order to improve human and social wellbeing and protect the environment. The institute concentrates its research efforts within three core global problem areas: (1) Energy and Climate Change; (2) Food and Water; (3) Poverty and Equity.