(a Collaborative Low Energy Vision for the European Region) aims to propose an ambitious and realistic decarbonisation pathway for Europe. It is being developed through a bottom-up approach that starts
with the national trajectories constructed by 20+ national partners from the academic world, research,or civil society. The scenario proposes a pathway that reconciles the long-term climate and sustainability
imperatives with the short-term energy security constraints and practical feasibility of such a transformation.
CLEVER evaluates the potential of energy demand reduction (sufficiency and efficiency) and renewable energy development at the national and European level, with the aim to reach carbon neutrality
at the European level by 2050 at the very latest,together with a 100% renewable mix.
A bottom-up methodology: The CLEVER pathway is being developed through a dialogue
with national scenario makers in order to aggregate national
visions into a European one and thus increase the feasibility
of concrete transformations. The CLEVER scenario therefore
fully takes into account national specificities, while
also looking at optimisation gains of a coordinated action
at the European level.
Since 2018, the national partners have been engaged in
a technical dialogue to ensure the collective development
of this project, thus allowing them to question their
work and modelling approaches, and share best practices,
which results in built-up capacity and raised ambition.
Thematic working groups and methodological meetings have
also been regularly organised.
“Sufficiency – Efficiency – Renewables” approach: The
CLEVER pathway is being built through an innovative
three steps approach:
The modelling starts with the definition of energy demand
in every consumption sector (mobility, buildings, food,
etc.). This modelling follows a sufficiency approach.
Once this demand is defined, its intensity is optimised
thanks to improvements to energy efficiency. Appropriate
energy carriers are also chosen to optimise the decarbonisation
of energy while respecting other sustainability issues
(minimisation of raw material footprint, pollution, etc.).
Finally, the energy production needs are fulfilled through
as the basis of the CLEVER approach: In the
context of an increasingly acute environmental and climate
and growing social inequalities, sufficiency
aims at redefining our needs for resource-intensive services
(provided by energy, land, materials etc.) as individuals
and as societies, in order to adjust their nature and quantity
at a level compatible with the Earth’s capacity.
In this sense, sufficiency focuses the debate on quality
of life instead of quantity of services and puts an emphasis
on demand-side measures (promoting natural thermal comfort
and light, avoiding oversized cars or household equipment,
etc.). This search for a balance between meeting basic needs
(“social foundation”) and ensuring that our impact remains
limits (“ecological ceiling”) is well illustrated by the
Funding: The Project has been supported by crowdfunding,
European Climate Foundation (ECF), the Foundation for
and the Watt for Change foundation.
ADEME, the French ecological transition agency is also contributing with