24 October 2018

Stefan Schleicher visited ASA, IIASA

Stefan Schleicher from the University of Graz, Austria and the Austrian Institute of Economic Research (WIFO) visited the Advanced Systems Analysis program on 24 October 2018 and gave a talk on "Energy modeling with a bit more reality".


We put forward the proposition that the emerging radical transformations of our energy systems and their potential far-reaching impacts on greenhouse gas emissions and climate policy require a shift in our modeling concepts under the heading of deepened structural modeling. We, therefore, suggest the following basic advancements of mainstream modeling practices: 

  • Considering the full value-chain of an energy system, starting with the ultimately relevant functionalities for mechanical, thermal and specific electric energy services.
  • Using reproducible parameters for evaluating the impact of technologies for application, transformation and storage along the energy value chain down to primary energy requirements.
  • Embedding the energy system in an onion-like structure into the economic system by emphasizing the role of capital stocks and their impacts on energy flows.
  • Allowing for coordinating mechanisms that are both market and non-market based. 

We demonstrate how this modeling approach is being implemented for Austria, accessible also via a web-based version under http://energyfutures.net/.

Print this page

Last edited: 16 November 2018


Matthias Jonas

Senior Research Scholar

Exploratory Modeling Of Human-Natural Systems Research Group

T +43(0) 2236 807 430

International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)
Schlossplatz 1, A-2361 Laxenburg, Austria
Phone: (+43 2236) 807 0 Fax:(+43 2236) 71 313