Project background

COMBI aims at providing a graphical online tool to visualise the multiple impacts of energy efficiency and their aggregation. The tool will be placed on this website.

The multiple benefits of energy efficiency are gaining relevance in the research and the current policy discourse, but scientific evidence is yet scarce and scattered.

Therefore, our project “COMBI – Calculating and Operationalising the Multiple Benefits of Energy Efficiency in Europe” aims at quantifying the multiple non-energy benefits of energy efficiency in the EU-28 area. It will gather existing approaches and evidence from the EU area and develop modelling approaches. Finally we will come up with consolidated data on different impacts of end-use energy efficiency such as

  • emissions (effects on health, ecosystems, crops, built environment)
  • resources (biotic/abiotic, metals and non-metals)
  • social welfare (disposable income, comfort, health)
  • macro economy (labour market, public finance, GDP) and
  • the energy system (grid, supply-side, energy security).

The project is coordinated by the Wuppertal Institute with the research partners University of Antwerp, University of Manchester, Copenhagen Economics and ABUD/Advanced Buildings and Urban Design. COMBI is financed by the EU-Horizon 2020 research programme (call EE-12).

The data will be available at the open-source online database. The data will be analysable via a graphic online-visualisation tool (scheduled for mid-2017). To this end, an aggregation methodology will be developed to avoid double-counting, deal with other aggregation issues and for presenting the various impacts on their various dimensions. Finally, insights for policy relevance will be derived and policy recommendations elaborated to facilitate the communication of the non-energy benefits in the relevant policy areas.