The transition to innovative sustainable energy
solutions is technology and society driven. The environmental impact and the
economy of current energy sources are seen as key challenges for human
progress. Issues like shale gas exploration, geo-political tensions surrounding
oil in polar areas, or money flowing towards political instable regimes all
point to the need for change.
Changing the energy system is not restricted to developing
and replacing technology. It is rather depend on a combination of using and
replacing multiple energy technologies, social and institutional rules, entrepreneurship
and public policies. A new energy system matches current economic routines and
habits in society poorly. Behavioral, organizational or governance drivers for
change are critical for spurring transitional change in energy systems.
Changing economic (and political) actors’ perspectives, developing new
organizational models and designing innovative governance models are considered
necessary for change. We seek to explore, understand and design innovative design
and implementation models, innovative business cases that work, better
policies, and better public debates about energy transition.
CSTM is currently involved in multiple research
projects that contribute to new ideas on governance models to spur smart and sustainable
energy transition. This manifests in research projects on Smart Grids,
Bioenergy, Smart Regions and Cities, Energy and Regulations, Energy and Gender,
and Climate Change Mitigation Policy. In its research activities CSTM actively
collaborates with international, national and regional partners from both the
public and private sectors.