KTH-dESA has MoU's with and/or contributed to key outputs or activities of: UNDESA, IRENA, JISEA, IEA, FAO, IAEA, UNEP, EC, SIDA, ICTP NASA, IPCC, World Bank, African Development Bank, RAND, UNECE, SEI and others. We also work with national agencies in several countries, and we have trained officials from tens of ministries across the world in the usage of tools to support energy planning.

We currently coordinate the EC REEEM, the largest EU-funded energy modelling project. Our work has featured in leading journals, flagship publications, won prizes at international events, featured in global webcasts and national television.

The overall approach of this project can be grouped into three main stages, which address the overall objectives of this proposal.

  • Trends: This addresses the first objective and part of the second objective, namely to develop an integrated assessment framework and to define pathways and case studies. Pathways and case studies are defined and key assumptions quantified. Technology and Innovation Roadmaps define ranges for performance criteria
  • Analysis: The second objective is addressed by assessing the pathways and case studies defined under Trends. Indicators are evaluated to ensure comparability across impact areas. Pathways and case studies are assessed through a suite of tools and models across the three impact areas in an integrated fashion
  • Results: The third and fourth objectives are addressed by creating a science-policy interface and establish transparency. Various deliverables are developed based on the work done under Analysis to address the needs of different groups of decision makers


Started in February, 2014, KTH-dESA has been leading a consortium to form the European Commission’s Energy ‘Think tank’ INSIGHT_E. Spanning over 3 years, this exciting projectwill provide the European Commission with independent, objective and multi-disciplinary policy recommendations. KTH-dESA is privileged to be leading a consortium with some of the premier institutions in Europe and will create a significant impact on the EU’s energy future.

KTH-dESA will help investigate areas including energy market design, grid capacity expansion and integration, renewable energy subsidies, while also supporting the development of an EU Energy Roadmap. Through INSIGHT_E, KTH-dESA will provide the European Commission with key support through diverse outputs; from comprehensive Policy Reports to rapid assessments of existing and future EU policies.

KTH-dESA is currently working assessing multiple options for Enhancing the Climate Resilience of African Infrastructure in collaboration with climate change experts from MIT, RAND Corporation and the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) under financing from the World Bank. Motivated by both a profound need for infrastructure development in Africa to avoid a slowdown in the pace of economic development on the continent, and the reality that these vulnerable countries are subject to changes in climate as the global climate systems responds to increasing atmospheric greenhouse gas levels, this ambitious piece of work has multiple key objectives. Actionable results from this analysis are expected to offer

  • Quantified economic evaluations of potential infrastructure (Water, Energy and Transportation systems) impacts of climate change
  • Identify corresponding so-called "robust" strategies for systems planning and design in the face of climate change
  • Summarize final low regret recommendations for policy makers on a regional - sub-regional - or national level about enhancing climate resilience of these interconnected infrastructure

dESA director, Professor Mark Howells, appears on Swedish National Radio’s “vetenskapsradion” discussing potential implications for renewable energy growth from the crisis in Ukraine and new priorities on energy security in many European countries. Professor Howells was interviewed following his keynote at the European Energy Horizons 2014 conference -The Economist Insights in Stockholm.

Read more and listen to it  HERE


At KTH‐dESA we have developed a global CLEW (Climate, Land-use, Energy, Water) model that also includes the most significant materials: iron and steel, cement, aluminium, pulp and paper, chemicals and petrochemicals. The model can be applied to show the effects of policy decisions not only on one sector but also on the CLEW nexus as a whole, allowing modellers and policy makers to consider trade‐offs and synergies for targeting sustainable development. Already this work has provided input to the UN global sustainable development work (see UNDESA (2013): Global Sustainable Development Report ‐ Executive Summary). Once fully developed, it is hoped to account for “food, water and energy security, maintenance of biodiversity and ecosystem services, sustainable urbanisation, social inclusion and livelihoods, protection of seas and oceans, and sustainable consumption and production”, as deemed urgently necessary in the State of the Planet Declaration in 2012.

Based on the outcomes from the Climate, Land, Energy and Water strategies (CLEWs) nexus study performed by Researchers at KTH-dESA, the government of Mauritius has appointed a high level panel to guarantee that sectoral policies put in place take into consideration inherent inter-linkages with other sectors. This was confirmed by the High Commissioner of Mauritius at RIO+20 in one of plenary sessions.

The research has changed national policy and featured in Nature, UN and other publications. KTH-dESA actively supports national analysts developing nexus analysis across the world in partnership with the ICTP

KTH-dESA contributes to the UN's oldest policy support flagship publication. The World Economic and Social Survey (WESS) provides objective analysis of pressing long-term social and economic development issues, and discusses the positive and negative impact of corresponding policies. The WESS focusses on three important cross-sectoral issues identified for action and follow-up at the 2012 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development: sustainable cities, food security and energy transformation. Prof. Mark Howells was a contributing author last year (2013) and this year. Contributions focused on energy use, inequality and sustainable development.

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Last changed: Jul 26, 2017