Sustainable Innovation & Digitalization

Sustainable Innovation & Digitalization

Reaching climate-neutral economies and societies in a just and equitable way requires innovation of both technological and social systems. The digital transformation offers an opportunity to accelerate the environmental transition but also create challenges to economic and energy systems.

Our work

We rely on an extensive toolbox of empirical methods - including econometric analysis, expert elicitations, big data analytics, systematic review methods and structured qualitative case studies. We explore the determinants of sustainable innovation, the design of innovation policies, the role of digitalization in the development and diffusion on environmental-friendly technologies. We examine the repercussions of innovative systems on social and economic outcomes, including distributional and equity issues. We use this empirical knowledge to generate scenarios of future technological innovation and to evaluate policies to ensure they will lead to more prosperous and resilient societies




Developing circular pathways for a EU low-carbon transition


Circular Economy Modelling for Climate Change Mitigation


Global Excellence in Modeling Climate and Energy Policies


Localised decarbonisation pathways for citizens, local administrations and businesses to inform for mitigation and adaptation action


Energy Demand changes Induced by Technological and Social innovations - Low energy demand empirical and modeling work in a post pandemic world


Disruptive Digitalization for Decarbonization


External knowledge sourcing strategies for environmental innovation in the industrial sector of Nigeria


Digitalization for Energy Demand - Energy demand digital and social trends: understanding and modeling


Innovation pathways, strategies and policies for the Low-Carbon Transition in Europe

Armaroli N., Cazzola P., Carraro C., Cherchi E., Procopio M., Tanelli M., Tavoni M., Tilche A., Torsello M.

How to reduce emissions and energy use for Italy’s transport sector

Nature , - 2022

Kim Y.J, Sarmiento L.

The Air Quality Effects of Uber

RFF Working Papers Series , Working Paper (21-34) - 2021

Kim Y.J., Cho S-H., Sharma B.

Constructing efficient portfolios of low-carbon technologies

Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews , - 2021

Angelova D., Göser M., Wimmer S., Sauer J.

How efficient are German life sciences? Econometric evidence from a latent class stochastic output distance model

PLOS ONE , 16(3): e0247437 - 2021

Meng J., Way R., Verdolini E., Diaz Anadon L.

Comparing expert elicitation and model-based probabilistic technology cost forecasts for the energy transition

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences , July 6, 2021 118 (27) e1917165118 - 2021

Peñasco C., Díaz Anadón L., Verdolini E.

Systematic review of the outcomes and trade-offs of ten types of decarbonization policy instruments

Nature Climate Change , Published 18 January 2021 - 2021

Boogen N., Cattaneo C., Filippini M., Obrist A.

Energy efficiency and the role of energy-related financial literacy: evidence from the European residential sector

Energy Efficiency , 14(4), 2021 - 2021

Hyun M., Kim Y.J., Eom J.

Assessing the Impact of a Demand-Resource Bidding Market on an Electricity Generation Portfolio and the Environment

Energy Policy , Volume 147, December 2020, 111918 - 2020

Grané A., Salini S., Verdolini E.

Robust multivariate analysis for mixed-type data: Novel algorithm and its practical application in socio-economic research

Socio-Economic Planning Sciences , 23 June 2020, 100907 - 2020

Skoczkowski T., Verdolini E., Bielecki S., Kochański M., Korczak K., Węglarz A.

Technology innovation system analysis of decarbonisation options in the EU steel industry

Energy , Volume 212, 1 December 2020, 118688 - 2020

Kim Y.J., Wilson C.

Analysing Energy Innovation Portfolios from a Systemic Perspective

Energy Policy , 134, 110942 - 2019

Galeotti M., Salini S., Verdolini E.

Measuring Environmental Policy Stringency: Approaches, Validity, and Impact on Environmental Innovation and Energy Efficiency

Energy Policy , Volume 136, 111052 - 2020

Verdolini E., Anadón L.D., Baker E., Bosetti V., Aleluia Reis L.

The Future Prospects of Energy Technologies: Insights from Expert Elicitations

Review of Environmental Economics and Policy , Volume 12, Issue 1, 1 February 2018, Pages 133–153 - 2018

McCollum D., Zhou W., Bertram C., Sytze de Boer H., Bosetti V., et al.

Energy investment needs for fulfilling the Paris Agreement and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals

Nature Energy , volume 3, pages 589–599 - 2018

Verdolini E., Vona F., Popp D.

Bridging the gap: do fast reacting fossil technologies facilitate renewable energy diffusion?

Energy Policy , Volume 116, May 2018, Pages 242-256 - 2018

Kim Y.J, Wilson C.

Analysing Future Change in the EU's Energy Innovation System

Energy Strategy Reviews , Volume 24, April 2019, Pages 279-299 - 2019

Realmonte G., Drouet L., Gambhir A., Glynn J., Hawkes A., Köberle A.C., Tavoni M.

An inter-model assessment of the role of direct air capture in deep mitigation pathways

Nature Communications , Volume 10, Article number: 3277 - 2019