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Clean and efficient energies for Europe. Socio-economic empact of energy research projects

Funded under: FP5-EESD


This report provides the results of a pilot assessment of the social and economic impacts of some 90 research projects launched under the European Union's Fourth Framework Programme on Non-Nuclear Energy, 1994-1998. A panel of 10 experts from different Member States undertook an impact interview and analysis of each completed research project, as well as overseeing an extensive questionnaire from each project co-ordinator. The overall results showed that the impact of energy research is limited by the political structure of the energy market. Until the internalization of external costs associated with traditional fossil fuels occurs, the action on new, clean, environmentally friendly sources of energy will be relatively weak. However, the majority of projects resulted in new technical advances, and intellectual property rights were established in one-third. This pilot exercise also provides a methodological base for other research programmes to develop rapid response feedback to decision-makers. This is important in obtaining better research targeting which will be more effective in responding to Europe's economic and social needs.

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Authors: No authors provided, DG-Research
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 19464 EN (2001), pp.32. Euro: 7.00
Availability: Available from EUR-OP Sales Agents
ISBN: ISBN: 92-894-1123-6
Record Number: 200013562 / Last updated on: 2001-07-30
Original language: en
Available languages: en