The European Union has entered a new and critical stage in energy policy. After the adoption of legally binding targets to address climate change, energy security and competitiveness, the 27 member states are now focusing on the implementation of these targets. With an unfinished internal market for gas and electricity, however, and with member states continuing to pursue bilateral energy relationships with supplier countries, the EU is still at the very beginning of a common EU energy policy.

CEPS contributes to the debate about an emerging 'first generation' EU energy policy. The main focus of our research is on:

  • EU energy policy, security of supply and international energy cooperation;
  • Economic analysis tools; and
  • Resource efficiency, competitiveness and job creation. 

Additional work on geopolitics and energy supply is undertaken by the CEPS Wider Europe Programme.

CEPS ENERGY MARKET FORUM (EMF) - The CEPS Energy Market Forum (EMF) provides for a neutral space where policy‐makers and regulators can meet stakeholders to discuss and define the design of electricity and gas markets in Europe. With this initiative, CEPS contributes its independent analysis and innovative ideas to make the European energy markets fit for the transition to a low-carbon economy.

Project Highlights

SCIS - The European Commission’s Smart Cities and Communities Information System has the objective to gather information from European projects in the areas of energy in cities. 

POCACITO - (2014-2017) The project Post‐Carbon Cities of Tomorrow – foresight for sustainable pathways towards liveable, affordable and prospering cities in a world context – will develop an evidence-based 2050 roadmap for EU post-carbon cities. 

Towards2030-dialogue - (2014-2016) This strategic initiative intends to facilitate and guide the RES policy dialogue for the period towards 2030, that establishes a European vision of a joint future RES policy framework.

DIACORE Policy Dialogue on the assessment and convergence of RES policy in EU Member States - (2013-2016)The aim of the DIACORE project is to ensure a continuous assessment of the existing policy mechanisms for renewable energy sources (RES) and to establish a fruitful stakeholder dialogue on future policy needs for renewables in electricity, in heating & cooling, and in transport. 

POLIMP - Mobilizing and transferring knowledge on post-2012 climate policy implications. (2013-2016) POLIMP (FP7) aims at identifying, where knowledge gaps exist, of what future international climate policy directions may look like and what these imply for policy and decision makers internationally and within the EU.

GREENECONET - (2013-2016) GreenEcoNet's ambition is to connect SMEs in Europe to each other to share their experiences, innovations and best practices; and to strengthen the links between SMEs and the research community.

FLAGSHIP - Forward-looking tools and methods for answering major societal challenges - (2013-2015) The FLAGSHIP project aims at driving change, supporting the policy shift from adapting to changes through short-term policy responses, towards anticipating, welcoming and managing changes properly.

NorthSeaGrid - (2013-2015) The objective of the NorthSeaGrid project is to outline the financial and regulatory barriers to implementation of an offshore grid in the North Sea. 

Studies for the European Parliament

  • Framework contract for provision of external expertise services in the field of impact assessment - (2011-2015).
  • Multiple Service Framework Contract for the provision of external expertise on regulatory & policy issues within the fields of budget and budgetary control in different EU policy areas - (2010 - 2015)

Past Activities & Projects

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CEPS Energy and Climate events                

Selected outside events


CEPS Publications                           

External Publications
by Energy & Climate researchers

Task Forces

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