Modelling and Informing Low Emission Strategies (MILES)

MILES aims at strengthening the modelling capacity of developing countries in the field of energy and economic analysis and develop an evidence-based dialogue on low-emission development pathways between modelling teams in developed and developing countries.


Achieving a global transition towards a low-carbon society will require a fundamental transformation of our energy systems and industries. Even though this is a global challenge, solving it requires national action. MILES will improve our understanding of how national-level priorities shape and constrain what is possible at the global scale. This will result in low-carbon strategies that are better grounded in national realities. 

IIASA Research

IIASA contributes to MILES by assessing the possible synergies and trade-offs of climate change mitigation and other societal objectives. For example, energy security and energy independence, or air pollution and public health. Furthermore, IIASA coordinates a two-way dialogue between global-scale and national-scale modelling teams in order to develop new scenarios with better consistency between global and national issues. This will comprise (i) an improved integration of the broader national context and related policies in global low-emissions scenarios, and (ii) an assessment of the possible impacts of different global contexts (boundary conditions) for national low-emissions scenarios.


IDDRI - Institut du Développement Durable et des Relations Internationales


  • ERI - Energy Research Institute of NDRC
  • RUC - Renmin University of China
  • TU - Tsinghua University
  • TERI - The Energy and Resources Institute
  • IIM - Indian Institute of Management
  • COPPE - Centro Clima, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro
  • PNNL - Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
  • NIES - National Institute of Environmental Studies
  • ICCS - Institute of Communication and Computer Systems
  • RITE - The Research Institute of Innovative Technology for the Earth
  • IIASA - International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis
  • PIK - Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research
  • PBL - Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency
  • CLU - The Earth Institute, Columbia University
  • CMCC - Euro-Mediterranean Center on Climate Change

This project has received funding from the European Commission's EUROPEAID research  under grant agreement EuropeAid/134638/C/SER/Multi.

Print this page

Last edited: 23 October 2015


Keywan Riahi

Program Director



and Environment Program

T +43(0) 2236 807 491

Joeri Rogelj

Senior Research Scholar

Integrated Assessment and Climate Change Research Group|Transformative Institutional and Social Solutions Research Group|Energy


and Environment Program

T +43(0) 2236 807 393

Jessica Jewell

Guest Research Scholar

Cooperation and Transformative Governance Research Group|Advancing Systems Analysis Program

T +43(0) 2236 807 445


September 2014 - 2017

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