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JRC Report | Mapping regional energy interests

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This publication by the Joint Research Centre (JRC) aims to increase the level of understanding concerning national and regional energy technology interests under the framework of the the smart specialisation concept. In this context, through a series of illustrative maps, the report demonstrates energy priorities, focusing on sustainable technologies.


The report identifies groups of regions and countries with common energy technology interests based on a set of technologies included in the European Strategic Energy Technology Plan (SET-Plan). These common priorities can help regions develop potential cooperation as well as help policy makers define actions plans and maximise the impact of available resources.


The report finds that, in terms of share of energy technology interest at national and regional level, energy efficiency was a priority in 23% of strategies, smart grids in 15%, electric vehicles in 13%, wind energy technologies and bioenergy in 9% of the strategies.


Furthermore, the study found a lack of interest in developing carbon capture and storage technologies. The scientists also concluded that there was no significant correlation between economic indicators, such as GDP and the number of energy technologies a region or country is interested in. Since energy is an important economic driver this is slightly surprising as the opposite trend was expected. Also, energy costs did not determine the selection of specific technologies by the regions.



Methodology used


Scientists selected energy technologies declared by the regions and countries in their smart specialisation strategies, and focused on sustainable technologies and techniques that could lead to the decarbonisation of the European energy sector. These include smart grids, electric vehicles, solar, bioenergy, geothermal, wind, hydro, ocean, combined heat and power (CHP)/heating & cooling, carbon capture utilisation and storage (CCU/S), hydrogen/fuel cells, nuclear, storage, oil/gas, energy efficiency, and renewable & energy generic.


In order to carry out the mapping, the JRC-developed tool EYE@RIS3 was used to analyse the description provided by each territorial unit active in the Smart Specialisation Energy platform (S3P-Energy).



Citation: Juan Pablo Jiménez Navarro, Andreas Uihlein: Mapping regional energy interests for S3P-Energy. JRC Science for Policy, EUR 22763 EN, doi: 10.2790/21651


Abstract: This report presents results from a national and regional (NUTS2 level) energy technology interest mapping exercise as well as socio-economic similarities across regions with common interests and potential alignment amongst regions and countries they belong to.



To download the report, please visit the relevant JRC webpage at the link below.