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Pathways towards the decarbonisation and resilience of the European economy in the timeframe 2030-2050 and beyond

Specific Challenge

In the broad spectrum of the feasible decarbonisation pathways, the challenge for political and economic decision-makers is to weigh uncertain impact chains against potentially devastating damage, immediate and medium-term engagement against long-term benefits, and the need for global mitigation efforts against differences in economic and political outlook on the international scene. It is therefore imperative to build a comprehensive evidence-based framework for research, business, investment and policy decision making which is able to assess the socio-economic implications of and incentives for medium- to long-term decarbonisation pathways (including their associated costs, benefit and risks), the challenges of planning medium- to long-term technological transitions, the adequacy of future global commitments for achieving long-term climate goals as well as the risks and costs of climate change. This action should be built around the co-design of pathways and scenarios with economic and societal actors and address relevant cross-sectorial perspectives of the decarbonisation of the European economy.


Trans-disciplinary approaches, including social sciences, are considered necessary to address this specific challenge.

Projects should also foresee activities to cluster with other projects financed under this topic and – if possible – also under other parts of Horizon 2020.

Proposals should address one of the following:

a) Managing technology transition (2016)

b) Assessment of the global mitigation efforts in the perspective of the long-term climate goal (2016

c) The risks and costs of climate change for Europe (2017)

Expected Impact

Project results are expected to contribute to:


  • fostering the design and implementation of cost-effective medium to long-term technological transitions, consistent with decarbonisation pathways and economic development in Europe and beyond;
  • providing a medium to long-term vision on low carbon technological development and deployment in Europe, within the context of a global economy;
  • fostering greater transparency of models, methods and tools;
  • contributions to major international scientific assessments (e.g. IPCC);
  • enhancing the science-decision making interface, though co-creation/co-design with economic and societal stakeholders;


  • providing a thorough analysis of the adequateness, potential and barriers of international mitigation efforts in the perspective of the long-term climate target, and their repercussions for EU goals and policies;
  • identifying most pressing areas for policy action at European or national/regional level;
  • contributions to major international scientific assessments (e.g. IPCC);
  • enhanced scientific cooperation with third countries;


  • providing more accurate and downscaled economic valuation of climate-induced impacts and risks in Europe;
  • decreased uncertainties concerning the economic valuation of climate action in the EU, over the longer term (2050 and beyond);
  • fostering greater transparency of models, methods and tools;
  • contributions to major international scientific assessments (e.g. IPCC).
Call ID
SC5-06-2016-2017 - RIA Research and Innovation action
Application date
8 Mar 2017
Europe H2020
Social sciences Business and Administrative Sciences Communication Sciences Demography Economics Environmental Sciences Gender Studies Geography International Relations Law Pedagogic & Education Research Political science Psychology & Cognitive Sciences Social Anthropology Sociology
Required post-doc experience: 
between 0 and 99 years
Program Type
Societal Challenges Societal challenge 5: Climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials
Award granted
€ 6.000.000