ACROPOLIS: An example of international collaboration in the field of energy modelling to support greenhouse gases mitigation policies

Anjana Das, Domenico Rossetti di Valdalbero, Maria R. Virdis

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Energy models are considered as valuable tools to assess the impact of various energy and environment policies. The ACROPOLIS initiative, supported by the European Commission and the International Energy Agency, used up to 15 energy models to simulate and evaluate selected policy measures and instruments and then compare their impacts on energy systems essentially in terms of costs of greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) reduction and energy technology choice. Four case studies are formulated considering policies and measures on renewable portfolio schemes and internationally tradable green certificates, emissions trading and global GHG abatement target, energy efficiency standards and internalisation of external costs. The main focus of the project is on the electricity sector. From a large set of quantified results, ACROPOLIS provides an international scientific consensus, on some key issues, which could be useful in assessing and designing energy and environment policies at the world, European and national/regional levels. It concludes that the Kyoto targets (and their continuation beyond 2010 in specific scenarios) could be achieved at a cost around 1% of GDP through global emissions trading, indicating also that this flexibility mechanism is a more cost-effective instrument for GHG mitigation than meeting the goal domestically without trade. It demonstrates that internalising external costs through a price increase reduces local pollutants (SOx, NOx, and others) and it produces other benefits such as triggering the penetration of clean technologies in addition to the curbing of CO2emissions. © 2006.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)763 - 771
Number of pages9
JournalEnergy Policy
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2007
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Energy(all)
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law

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