Clean Energy, Climate & Environment

Cleaner, smarter and more energy-efficient technologies, methods and solutions, leading to more sustainable and environmentally friendly urban and social development.


The EU aims to progressively decrease primary energy consumption by supporting innovation through research and demonstration of more energy-efficient technologies and solutions; and market uptake measures to remove market and governance barriers by addressing financing, regulations and the improvement of skills and knowledge. Domains of focus include buildings, industry, heating and cooling, SMEs and energy-related products and services, integration of ICT and cooperation with the telecom sector. The EU has been at the forefront when addressing the causes and challenges of climate change and strengthening a concerted global response in the framework of the Paris Agreement. The European Commission presented in November 2018 its vision for achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. The Energy Union Strategy provides the regulatory framework for achieving the EU’s 2030 greenhouse gas emission reduction target – a decrease by 40% compared to 1990 levels– in a cost-efficient way, including the EU Emission Trading Scheme, EU legislation and national targets. Sectoral EU legislation, such as the Clean Energy for All package and the Clean Mobility packages, imply major market transformation by 2030 in the energy and transport sectors.

ViLabs applies traditional and innovative methods, to address those challenges:

  • Quantitative and qualitative research, focusing on emerging political, social and cultural developments and phenomena related to energy transition
  • Analysis of historical, sociological and philosophical factors of energy and climate-related topics
  • Investigation and mapping of present challenges and tensions related to clean energy, climate and environment
  • Literature review on past efforts and initiatives and mapping of needs and shortcomings
  • Development of innovative approaches, toolkits, proposed policies, as well as institutional frameworks to enhance behavioural change and energy-efficient consciousness
  • Participatory and co-creation approaches, to enhance active engagement of interested parties, citizens, public actors and representatives and other stakeholders
  • Policy design and recommendations to improve, refine and reshape the effectiveness, and trustworthiness of institutions and public policies, with respect to environmental policies and regulations

Related to Clean Energy, Climate & Environment, ViLabs offers the following services

Relevant EU-funded projects


Relevant Scientidic Publications and Initiatives


  • The POST-C-EPOCH, a pan-European initiative, brought together 10 partners from 6 European countries with the vision to provide a replicable framework for EU regions and recommendations to other key actors to enable a more just energy transition, ensuring that no region or community will be left behind.
  • 2gether4efficiency was a market-preparation initiative on Collective Actions (CAs) for the uptake of energy efficiency (EE), aiming to increase and promote the demand and offer of EE measures in a collective manner respectively on behalf of consumers and of market actors.
  • Wilson initiatives aimed to advance the large-scale deployment of local renewable energy production coupled with intelligent use of storage on European islands, by developing solutions that would accelerate a significant move away from carbon-intensive fossil fuels in a strategic approach to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and improving local air quality.
  • ENTELEA initiative’s strategic goal and mission was to generate insight into how organisational and individual actors, as EnCis, can act transparently and accountably, in line with energy transition objectives. It would thus yield a holistic blueprint of effective, innovative ways for EnCis to enable radical systemic change at multiple organisational and individual scales in all spheres of life linked with changing energy systems.
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