The TISS group explores innovative solutions to environmental issues that integrate social, institutional, and governance drivers with technological and economic considerations, with an emphasis on improving conditions for the most deprived and marginalized in society.

The TISS Group specifically aims to develop more comprehensive and integrated approaches to simultaneously meeting developmental, planetary, and public health-related goals by taking a people-centered approach to sustainable development and mitigation of environmental impacts. The group investigates novel technological, social and institutional innovations to address environmental challenges with a focus on end-use services for human wellbeing, explicitly integrating distributional, equity, institutional, and governance aspects into the assessment of these novel solutions under a broader framing of transformations underpinning the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Through its research, TISS endeavors to provide a basis for new innovations, new business models, and social entrepreneurship and a renewed emphasis on informing more equitable, effective, and acceptable policy design. 

News

Planet earth from the space at night

05 May 2022

Identifying global poverty from space

Despite successes in reducing poverty globally in the last two decades, almost one billion people are still living without access to reliable and affordable electricity, which in turn negatively affects health and welfare, and impedes sustainable development. Knowing where these people are is crucial if aid and infrastructure are to reach them. A new IIASA-led study proposes a novel method to estimate global economic wellbeing using nighttime satellite images.
Icons showing concepts of sustainable development and green business based on renewable energy, electric transport, offset by planting trees

06 April 2022

New IPCC Report: we can halve emissions by 2030

Between 2010 and 2019, average annual global greenhouse gas emissions were at their highest levels in human history, but the rate of growth has slowed. Without immediate and deep emissions reductions across all sectors, limiting global warming to 1.5°C is beyond reach. However, there is increasing evidence of the success of climate action, said scientists in the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report.

Projects

JustTrans4ALL

Just Transitions to Net-Zero Carbon Emissions for All (JustTrans4ALL)

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

urban greenery

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

Grossglockner Austria

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

Models

An interactive Web-based scenario analysis tool which allows the assessment of multiple energy access policies
The Global Energy Assessment (GEA) Scenario database documents results and assumptions of the GEA energy transformation pathways that underpin the GEA. The database serves as a central data repository for the dissemination of GEA scenario information.

Focus

02 December 2021

Interview: Advancing equitable transitions to net zero

Options Winter 2021: Caroline Zimm joined IIASA in 2014 and is leading the IIASA Strategic Initiative Program’s Just Transitions to Net-zero Carbon Emissions for All (JustTrans4ALL) project.
Environment society and economics written on blue puzzle jigsaw with shadow on yellow background

29 November 2021

Using energy demand reduction for decarbonization in Japan

Options Winter 2021: In an attempt to reduce its carbon footprint, Japan has put ambitious strategies in place to reduce energy demand. IIASA researcher Shinichiro Fujimori and his colleagues used modeling to explore potential energy system changes and their cost implications.
Crowd of people in Tokyo