Research focused on the International Energy Transformation

The research focus International Energy Transformation deals with a socially just, ecologically reasonable, economically justifiable and timely realizable transformation of existing energy systems. The focus is on a global coal phase-out, as well as on the transition to 100% renewable energy systems, in countries outside the European Union (for this, see research focus Europe/Germany). We work inter- and transdisciplinary and develop concrete alternatives for affected key regions.

Besides scientific research, we aim to transfer our knowledge to the non-academic world in order to inform the general public about the relevance of a timely coal phase-out and the increased use of renewable energies. Our focus is mainly on the analysis of countries in the Global South, such as Colombia, South Africa or countries in the MENA region, respectively the transferability of experiences from the Global North to countries in the Global South or between countries in the Global South.

We are networked with other scholars from many different countries around the world. This international cooperation enables us to take local perspectives and to develop locally accepted alternatives to the established systems. We research global coal (market) dynamics without losing sight of regional and local contexts. Our recommendations for action consist of new tools and political and social strategies to accelerate the transition to a sustainable future so that local communities benefit from a better future.

The International Energy Transformation research focus is being worked on by Paola Yanguas-Parra, Felipe Corral-Montoya, Marina Blohm, Franziska Dettner, Imane Boukhatem und Andrea Furnaro-Lobos. The coordination is done by Paola Yanguas-Parra

Research focused on the European & German Energy Transformation

The research focus European/German Energy Transformation addresses the question of how German and European production and consumption of coal and natural gas can be reduced through appropriate energy and climate policies in order to mitigate the consequences of the climate crisis. Several projects focus on policy-relevant research on socially just and more ambitious phase-out options for coal and natural gas, examining the power and influence of different actors*, gender aspects, and political contexts. Current research projects examine, among other things, terminals for liquefied natural gas in Germany that conflict with climate policy goals, the role of gender in EU coal phase-out processes, and the implementation of socioeconomic aspects in energy modeling.

The research focus European/German Energy Transformation is handled by Dr. Hanna Brauers, Paula Walk, Isabell Braunger, Nora Stognief, Alexandra Krumm and Marius Koepchen.

The research focus European/German Energy Transformation is handled by Paula Walk, Isabell Braunger, Nora Stognief, Alexandra Krumm und Marius Koepchen. The coordination is done by Paula Walk.

Research focused on Energy System Modeling

Another research focus deals with research in the field of energy system modeling, with the application of which central questions in the field of energy system transformation, sector coupling, integration of renewable energies and energy and environmental policy can be answered. For this purpose, the research team primarily uses the open-source "Global Energy System Model" (GENeSYS-MOD, GENeSYS-MOD was launched in 2017 based on the open-source Energy Modeling System (OSeMOSYS) and continues to be continuously developed. Several international institutions are now using GENeSYS-MOD to gain insights into long-term pathways of the energy system. The goal of the analyses is to combine global and national-regional analyses to answer local solutions to energy transformation questions while considering global effects and impacts. For this purpose, beyond the global, macro-level studies, diverse country case studies are conducted, which can be used to answer relevant energy policy questions of the respective regions.

The research focus Energy System Modeling is conducted by Dr. Konstantin Löffler, Dr. Karlo Hainsch, Jonathan Hanto und Philipp Herpich bearbeitet.