The S3 Group focuses on demand-side systems as entry points for sustainable transformations. The group analyses demand for energy and materials through the lens of service provision of mobility, shelter, and consumer goods, as well as how lifestyle changes can contribute to consumption reduction.

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The S3 Group have two overarching research objectives. First, to understand the evolution of behaviors and lifestyles around energy services and assess their environmental impacts; and second, to identify and understand policy interventions that can change behaviors and lifestyles to minimize environmental impacts. The group’s research binds together work on three domains that are critical for a transformation toward sustainable societies, namely buildings, mobility, and consumer goods, which are connected through changes in infrastructures and lifestyles. S3 aims to establish and lead a research community on demand-side transitions and to innovate conceptual frameworks for demand-side model comparisons.

Projects

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Exploring National and Global Actions to reduce Greenhouse gas Emissions (ENGAGE)

Grossglockner Austria

Next generation of AdVanced InteGrated Assessment modelling to support climaTE policy making (NAVIGATE)

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

Sustainable development goals

Sustainable development pathways achieving Human well-being while safeguarding the climate And Planet Earth (SHAPE)

Staff

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Alaa Al Khourdajie

Guest Research Scholar (IACC, S3)

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Jakob Angeli

Science Communication Fellow (S3)

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Olivia Coldrey

Guest Research Scholar (S3, TISS)

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Shinichiro Fujimori

Guest Senior Research Scholar (IACC, S3, TISS)

News

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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.
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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

Focus

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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

Linking health status and clean cooking practices in South Africa

Options Magazine, Winter 2022: Transitioning to clean cooking services in South Africa can reduce existing health inequalities by improving the health of socially disadvantaged and marginalized groups.
Regional impacts

Publications