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Multiple Impacts CAlculation Tool

Project description

Mind the (energy efficiency) gap

Global climate change is approaching a tipping point, and the link between the energy fuelling human activity and climate change is now widely accepted. This makes bridging the divide between optimal and actual energy use of increasing importance. However, this 'energy efficiency gap' has been difficult to close despite the 'win-win' scenarios many analysts suggest exist for energy efficiency investments that save money and simultaneously yield benefits such as reducing environmental damage. The EU-funded MICAT project is developing a tool to enable calculations of the many positive impacts of energy efficiency policies and directives at all levels of governance. It will be available freely online to help relevant stakeholders better evaluate various policies and scenarios for impact. Hopefully, getting a clearer picture of the multiple benefits of various energy-efficiency initiatives will encourage stakeholders to get on board while minding the gap.


"There is still significant potential to improve energy efficiency in all sectors and levels where measures can be applied. Facing the often cited “energy efficiency gap”, even the profitable potential is not fully exploited. Highlighting and quantifying the additional values of energy efficiency measures and investments considering the multiple non-energy impacts could help closing this gap and facilitate energy-relevant decisions and policy-making.
The project ""MICAT – Multiple Impacts Calculation Tool"" is coordinated by Fraunhofer ISI (DE) together with the European partners IEECP (NL), Wuppertal Institute (DE), WiseEuropa (PL), E3 Modelling (GR), IIASA (AT) and ICLEI EURO (DE).
The goal of MICAT is the development of a comprehensive approach to estimate Multiple Impacts of Energy Efficiency. MICAT will enable analyses at three different governance levels (local, national and EU) to address a broad target group and interested actors. This allows simplified analyses to be carried out on the basis of different data and policy scenarios in order to compare and assess the relevance of the multiple impacts. The project thus sets a sound scientific empirical basis for monitoring Multiple Impacts while providing a publicly available and easy usable online tool (MICATool) which has been developed in a co-creational manner with the respective governance levels. The national and local cases for monitoring Multiple Impacts of Energy Efficiency will be developed further in a broad stakeholder and dissemination approach to set a standard for future reporting on Multiple benefits.

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€ 676 801,25
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