REINVENT: Realising Innovations in Transitions for Decarbonisation

The REINVENT project provides an open platform to help shape EU transition policies and for explorative strategizing and learning about decarbonisation pathways for industry. REINVENT develops an evidence-based framework for future EU policy and assess implications in the medium- (2030) and long-term (2050).

It focuses on four sectors where decarbonisation is particularly challenging, i.e., plastics, steel, paper and food. The project builds on a deep understanding of viable pathways rather than from an outside climate policy framework. Future pathways will be assessed and explored in a wider decarbonisation and systemic innovation context. This includes co-evolution with, for example, renewable energy systems and a more resource efficient circular economy. REINVENT supports the development of EU low-carbon transition policies that are better aligned with the specific needs and conditions for actors in the different sectors. The project (4M€) was led by Lund University with Utrecht University as the second largest consortium member (€850k). Within the Copernicus Institute, researchers from Energy & Resources, Environmental Governance and Innovation Sciences jointly led the work on pathways for the food industry and supported the work on plastics, steel and paper.