FP Foresight Research Projects



PASHMINA project will show that it is possible to better address global changes in a long term time perspective (2030--2050), making a first development of tools - new generations of models and indicators - with enhanced capabilities to take into account the interaction between the economy and the environment, paradigm shifts in the energy-transport-environment nexus and the land-use and territorial functions.

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EU Transport GHG: Routes to 2050

The first EU Transport GHG: Routes to 2050? project was completed in June 2010, however a 15-month follow-on project started in January 2011 (dubbed EU Transport GHG: Routes to 2050 II). This new project was commissioned to build on the work carried out in the previous project to develop an enhanced understanding of the wider potential impacts of transport GHG reduction policies, as well as their possible significance in a critical path to GHG reductions to 2050.

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The purpose of the study is to provide technical support to a debate on transport scenarios with a 20- and 40- year horizon, inter alia, by collecting and analysing information on transport long-term scenario forecasting, by developing long-term transport scenarios including modelling work and case studies, and by suggesting long-term objectives for the European transport policies.

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"FREIGHTVISION - Freight Transport 2050 Foresight" was a project funded by the European Commission Directorate General MOVE to design a long term vision for European freight transport in 2050 and to identify actions and research to progress appropriate freight transport measures in Europe.

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SUSPLAN (PLANning for SUStainability) seeks to bring awareness to and solutions for the coming environmental and energy challenges facing the European community. Over the next three years SUSPLAN will focus on developing strategies, recommendations, and benchmarks for the integration of renewable energy sources (RES) by 2030-2050 within an Europe-wide context. Against this background, SUSPLAN performes a multi-dimensional approach by assembling legislative, policy, business, economic, environmental, and energy professionals together

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SPREAD Sustainable Lifestyles 2050 is a European social platform project running from January 2011 to December 2012. Different societal stakeholders – from business, research, policy and civil society –  are invited to participate in the development of a vision for sustainable lifestyles in 2050. This process will result in a roadmap for strategic action for policy makers and will deliver innovative ideas for business, research and society, regarding the enabling of sustainable lifestyles in European society.

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The PARADISO initiative, launched during the first half of 2007 (before the present financial and economic crisis) by Sigma Orionis and the Club of Rome has been exploring this paradigm shift concerning global societal developments and the role that Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) could play in this envisioned future (PARADISO is an acronym formed by the two words PARADIgm and SOcietal, and an obvious reference to a better world).

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The LEPAS project integrates into modern dynamic macroeconomics a biologically founded process of individual ageing, i.e. ageing understood as the gradual deterioration of the functioning of body and mind. LEPAS project investigates theoretically and quantitatively how ageing affects health and productivity. Using models of endogenous economic growth we assess how the feedback effects of ageing on investment and education affect long-run economic growth, competitiveness, and welfare of the EU member countries.

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The AUGUR challenge is to capture, within a set of scenarios, the characteristics and implications of a variety of patterns that may occur in 2030 in all domains, be it political, economic, social, environmental or technological in Europe and in the world. The project wants to take stock of long term trends identified in demography, environmental changes as well as to feature some of the effects of likely changes in technology and behaviours, but it also wants to take into account the important institutional transformations that could come out of the major crisis that the world economy is confronted with. 

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MEDPRO - Mediterranean Prospects is funded under the EU’s 7th Framework Programme and coordinated by the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS), based in Brussels. The aim of MEDPRO is to contribute to the reform process in the political, economic and social agendas by broadening the level of knowledge on the interplay between the diverse set of challenges and providing deep insights into the prospected policy options and their outcomes.

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The EuroBroadMap project is based on the idea that the European Union (EU) could better succeed both on the world scene (diplomacy, finance, trade, etc.) and at the European level (Lisbon strategy, environmental and social issues, etc.) with a coherent and shared vision of Europe in the world, both within and outside Europe.

The project proposes two interlinked objectives. Firstly, demonstrate that different visions of European Union in the world currently exist. Secondly, examine the place allotted to EU in the visions of the World produced by other non-European countries and to chart their implications.

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