CBS steps up research in green transition

A new research centre in the energy infrastructure needed to make a green transition possible is opening its doors at CBS. Funded by large European energy companies and backed by the European Commission, the research centre is to deliver new insights and knowledge for the Commission and the energy sector at large.


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Professor Tooraj Jamasb is new Endowed Professor in the field of energy economics and director of CSEI.
Photocredit: Bjarke MacCarthy)


Climate changes and green transition are major challenges to society. One of CBS’ contributions to this challenge is a research centre called Copenhagen School of Energy Infrastructure (CSEI). The centre will conduct research in tomorrow’s energy infrastructure and how to implement low carbon technologies through research in areas such as regulation, regional decision-making procedures, financial challenges and energy networks.

CBS’ President Nikolaj Malchow-Møller is proud of the new research centre that is placed at the Department of Economics and will serve as a think tank for the European Commission and the energy sector. For many years, sustainability has had an essential role in CBS’ research. The opening of Copenhagen School of Energy Infrastructure is according to Malchow-Møller an important step for CBS to contribute to solve the challenges of climate change and to bring economics on the green transition agenda:

"A successful green transition of the energy sector in Europe and globally is not only about new and green technologies, but also implementing them in society on a large scale. This is where social sciences play an essential role and CBS can deliver world class expertise within this field," says Nikolaj Malchow-Møller.

Think tank for the European Commission
CSEI is founded as a European research centre and will deliver expertise and new knowledge as well as education in the field of energy economics. CSEI is established with support of the European Commission, The Directorate-General for Energy (DG Ener), and will among other things qualify the discussions at the Commission’s annual Copenhagen Energy Infrastructure Forum.

“To prepare our energy system for the low-carbon future, our infrastructure needs a radical overhaul and expansion. The Copenhagen School of Energy Infrastructure can help bridge the gap between status quo and our vision for the future by providing much needed quality research," says Miguel Arias Cañete, European Commissioner for Climate Action & Energy.

The establishment of CSEI was made possible by a group of major funders from the energy sector. CSEI aims to extend its collaboration to more companies in the industry, the European public sector and research institutions. CSEIs research will focus on areas such as energy infrastructure and finance, energy system integration, regulation, energy markets, future networks, technology and policy, digitalisation of the energy sector and its impact on energy infrastructure, efficient regional decision-making procedures, public acceptance of energy infrastructure projects and financial challenges to energy infrastructure projects.

Internationally renowned scholar is top man
The external funding also made it possible for CBS to hire Professor Tooraj Jamasb as a new Endowed Professor in the field of energy economics and director of CSEI. Professor Jamasb is an internationally renowned scholar in energy economics. He joins CBS from a position as Professor in Energy Economics at Durham University Business School, where he was also a Co-Director at the Durham Energy Institute (DEI). He has previously held a post as SIRE Chair in Energy Economics, Heriot-Watt University and was Senior Research Associate, University of Cambridge. He is also a Research Associate at Energy Policy Research Group at University of Cambridge, at the Centre for Energy and Environmental Policy Research at Massachusetts Institute of Technology; and at the Oviedo Efficiency Group at University of Oviedo. He is a member of the academic advisory panel of the United Kingdom energy regulator Ofgem.

“The technological, regulatory, policy and social developments pose new challenges to achieving a future sustainable energy sector and economy”, says Professor Jamasb and continues: “The energy economics focus of research in the CSEI will bring the much needed economic approach and perspective to current and emerging energy issues."
The opening of the new European research centre will be marked by a ceremony and a reception on 18 November 2019, 15:30-17:30 at Copenhagen Business School, auditorium PHRS20 at Porcelænshaven 22, 2000 Frederiksberg.  

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The major funders of Copenhagen School of Energy Infrastructure (CSEI) include Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP) (Denmark) Gascade (Germany), GRTgaz (France), Siemens (Denmark/Germany), Tennet (Germany, Netherlands), Statnett (Norway), Energinet (Denmark), Rambøll (Denmark) and Gas Distributors for Sustainability GD4S (Belgium).

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