Oprichting ESTRAC

Project: Other



When dealing with decarbonisation of regional areas, different stakeholders perceive different social, economic, regulatory and technological barriers which they need to overcome in order to move successfully towards a CO2-neutral region. Major questions concern how different technologies for supplying renewable (low carbon) energy can be utilized in an optimal way in combination with (strongly) increased energy efficiency, flexibility in energy demand, planning of investments and minimization of costs and at the same time taking specific local conditions (e.g. capital stock, energy infrastructure) into account. At the same time not only technology and economics are relevant, but just as important is the social acceptance of the transition steps. Together they determine whether or not a theoretical best step forward in the transition will be feasible in real life.
On a regional – local scale, there is currently no comprehensive methodology and analysis framework for dealing with the barriers on the level of detail that is required. Decision making for stakeholders to decide on investments and planning over time is therefore difficult. This easily leads to sub-optimal implementation pathways, ineffective use of capital and incentives and too limited emission reductions. No need to say that this will often lead to stalemate situations and progress for energy transition is limited.
Korte titelESTRAC
Effectieve start/einddatum1/10/1730/09/21

Samenwerkende partners

  • Hanze
  • Energieonderzoek Centrum Nederland (ECN)
  • TNO
  • Rijksuniversiteit Groningen (hoofd)


  • regional energy transition