Energy system analysis
Economic growth on the basis of ever scarcer fossil fuels is becoming economically and ecologically unsustainable. We need an energy supply that has a minimal impact on our environment and involves the lowest cost possible.
Research on the energy revolution
The transition to a sustainable and low-carbon energy system is vital to everyone: policy makers, energy producers, companies and final consumers, etc. It is crucial that everyone concerned has access to the correct scientific information.
VITO is researching the economic, technological and behavioural aspects of the energy revolution and is also advising stakeholders. We are doing this in conjunction with other researchers in European and international networks (the European Topic Centre on Air and Climate Change Mitigation (ETC/ACM), the European Energy Research Alliance (EERA) and the Energy Technology Systems Analysis Programs (ETSAP)).
VITO resolves energy issues
VITO research is yielding concrete answers to important questions posed by governments and companies:
- How are the consumption and production of energy evolving in the Flemish sectors?
- Which influence is policy on saving energy and greenhouse gas emissions having?
- How can we support the new energy policy as effectively and efficiently as possible?
- How can we achieve the transition to a low-carbon economy at the lowest cost possible? How is this affecting the various sectors?
Partner for industry and policy
VITO is developing energy models that will make it possible to calculate the best combination of energy services for the future, with new environmental and climate policy in mind. Our extensive knowledge of optimisation and simulation models enables us to consistently formulate the correct answers to questions that clients raise.
However, whether new technologies will actually make it or not will depend very much on their ease of use and on the involvement of the end user. We analyse this too, in living labs.
VITO is also the partner of the Flemish government and supports its energy policy. In this function, we compare energy consumption with policy choices and we zoom in on energy efficiency and renewable energy sources. The object is to ensure that policy makers are able to rely on well-substantiated scientific advice.