ECE’s overarching vision is to provide evidence-based, scientific roadmaps for feasible systems transformations that simultaneously meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and ambitious climate change mitigation targets.

Emphasis is placed specifically on local policy decisions and actions required in the short term to put the world on track to achieve long-term targets while assuring human health, wellbeing, and the reduction of social inequalities in a socially and economically sustainable manner. The program’s systems analytical tools enable it to act as an objective scientific broker in support of sustainable transformational processes. ECE combines the research portfolios of the former Air Quality and Greenhouse Gases, Energy, and Transitions to New Technologies programs. 

Projects

urban greenery

Energy Demand changes Induced by Technological and Social innovations (EDITS)

RESCUE

Response of the Earth System to overshoot, Climate neUtrality and negative Emissions (RESCUE)

Staff

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David McCollum

Guest Senior Research Scholar (ECE, IACC, S3)

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Carmen Marcos

Program and Project Officer (ECE, PM)

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Jared Lewis

Research Scholar (ECE)

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Shu Zhang

Guest Research Assistant (ECE, IACC, S3)

News

Coal mine lit up at night

12 January 2023

Turning abandoned mines into batteries

A novel technique called Underground Gravity Energy Storage turns decommissioned mines into long-term energy storage solutions, thereby supporting the sustainable energy transition.
Future view

10 January 2023

Winners of the EDITS-ARTS 2022 Competition: Life in 2050 with much less energy

The EDITS-ARTS Competition called for submissions to imagine "life in 2050 with much less energy" into art, challenging positive-minded people to imagine a low energy future.
Blue virtual technology background with lines and grids

02 December 2022

IIASA researchers awarded for excellence in integrated assessment modeling

IIASA researchers Volker Krey and Jarmo Kikstra have been recognized by the Integrated Assessment Consortium (IAMC) for excellence in integrated assessment modeling.

Events

16 February 2023 Online

Final conference of the SHAPE Project

13 June 2023 Vienna, Austria

Vienna Energy Forum 2023

03 July 2023 Villa Grumello, Como Lake, Italy

NAVIGATE-ENGAGE Summer School 2023

Focus

Cargo ship anchored in the Orinoco river

06 December 2022

Challenges and opportunities for a South American waterway system

Julian Hunt writes about the challenges and opportunities that the development of a South American Waterway System could bring to the region.

29 November 2022

Bridging the gap between science and policy

Options Magazine, Winter 2022: Leila Niamir is a computational economist and climate researcher driven by a passion for global change.
IIASA Corner

28 November 2022

Improving water-energy access in Central Asia

Options Magazine, Winter 2022: To help mitigate the water crisis in Central Asia, researchers devised a carbon-neutral and reliable regional strategy by building seasonal pumped storage plants in major rivers.
Regional impacts

Publications