REINVENT Realising Innovation in Transitions for Decarbonisation

Project: Research

Project Details


The research project REINVENT analyses decarbonisation in four sectors where low carbon transitions are still relatively unexplored: steel, plastics, paper, and meat and dairy, and their value chains. REINVENT starts from within these sectors to build a deeper understanding of viable pathways, rather than from an outside climate policy framework. This perspective is necessary for supporting the innovations and system-wide transformations that decarbonisation requires. REINVENT explores and assesses future decarbonisation pathways in a wider systemic innovation context, by mapping decarbonisation innovations and analysing selected cases through creating innovation biographies. The analytical perspective includes attention to co-evolution with ongoing changes in energy supply and integration with renewable energy systems and a more resource efficient circular economy. REINVENT develops generic knowledge through assessments of macro-economic implications and integrated analysis of economic, environmental and social impacts at the EU and global levels. Models (IMAGE and WISEE) are used for cross-sectorial analysis of economy-wide technological transitions, consistent with decarbonisation pathways and economic development. An evidence-based framework for future EU policy and transition governance will be developed.
Effective start/end date2016/12/012020/11/30

Collaborative partners

  • Lund University (lead)
  • Durham University
  • Utrecht University
  • Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency; Bilthoven
  • Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy

UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This project contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

Free keywords

  • Low-carbon economy
  • Energy intensive industry
  • Policy development