Sustainable Earth Modelling Economics

The SEME Division analyses the transition to sustainability, helping identify and evaluate low carbon, sustainable strategies. The approach used is multidisciplinary, with strong use of quantitative methods based on data science, integrated modeling and experimental and behavioral economics.


  • Evaluate the low carbon transformation of the energy, land and climate sectors;
  • Evaluate behavioural and traditional policy interventions for promoting pro-environmental behavior;
  • Assess green innovation and its determinants;
  • Study the interplay between various sustainable development goals;
  • Identify robust policy strategies to climate risks and uncertainties;
  • Identify technological and societal transition pathways;
  • Study climate induced migration.

SEME Projects

  • SICAB - Sino Italian capacity building for environmental protection

    The project is dedicated to high-level training services in the fields of sustainable development and environmental management in the framework of Italy-China bilateral cooperation The training...

  • COACCH - CO-designing the Assessment of Climate CHange costs

    COACCH (CO-designing the Assessment of Climate CHange costs) is a project funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme and carried out by a consortium of 14...

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

    INNOPATHS is a H2020 project with the ambition to reassess and explore the full implications – energy, economic, social and environmental – of the low-carbon pathways of the European Union and...

  • SEME Publications

    Taking some heat off the NDCs? The limited potential of additional short-lived climate forcers’ mitigation

    Harmsen M., Fricko O., Hilaire J., Van Vuuren D. P., Drouet L., Durand-Lasserve O., Fujimori S., Keramidas K., Klimont Z., Luderer, G., Aleluia Da Silva Reis L., Riahi K., Sano F., Smith S. J.
    2019, Climatic Change, pp 1–19, DOI:, web page

    The role of methane in future climate strategies: Mitigation potentials and climate impacts

    Harmsen M., Van Vuuren D. P., Bodirsky B.L., Chateau J., Durand-Lasserve O., Drouet L., Fricko O., Fujimori S., Gernaat D. E.H.J., Hanaoka T., Hilaire J., Keramidas K., Luderer G., Moura M. C. P., Sano F., Smith S. J., Wada K.
    2019, Climatic Change, Special Issue, pp 1–17, DOI: 10.1007/s10584-019-02437-2, web page

    NeatWork: A Tool for the Design of Gravity-Driven Water Distribution Systems for Poor Rural Communities

    Babonneau F., Corcos G., Drouet L., Vial J.-P.
    2019, INFORMS Journal on Applied Analytics, Vol. 49(2), 129–136, DOI: 10.1287/inte.2018.0983, web page

    SEME Models

  • WITCH - World Induced Technical Change Hybrid model

    WITCH (World Induced Technical Change Hybrid) is an integrated assessment model designed to assess climate change mitigation and adaptation policies WITCH consists of a dynamic global model that...

    Energy, Future Earth, Global Policy, Inequalities.

  • Division Director

    Massimo Tavoni

    Division Manager


    Via Bergognone, 34 – 20144 Milano (MI)

    Research Units

    Research unit leader:
    Giovanna D’Adda

    – Behavioural change
    – Nudging
    – Impact evaluation
    – Behavioural policies

    Research unit leader:
    Cristina Cattaneo

    – Climate induced migration
    – Conflict
    – Skills

    Research unit leader:
    Elena Verdolini

    – Green patenting
    – Low carbon R&D
    – Learning curves
    – Energy system modelling
    – Induced technical change

    Research unit leaders:
    Johannes Emmerling and Laurent Drouet

    – IAM scenarios
    – International mitigation policies
    – Modelling of impacts and adaptation
    – Energy system modelling
    – Inequality

    RFF-CMCC European Institute on Economics and the Environment leverages two leading international centers for economic and environmental research: Resources for the Future – RFF, Euro-Mediterranean Center on Climate Change – CMCC.

    Latest News

    Economics, Game Theory and International Environmental Agreements

    Explore the Venice lectures held by Henry Tulkens to the students of the PhD Program in Science and Management of…

    More energy needed to cope with climate change

    A new study published today in “Nature Communications” by researchers from IIASA, Boston University, CMCC, and the Ca’ Foscari University…

    Innovation for the low-carbon transition

    Why focusing on innovation? The answer given by Elena Verdolini, CMCC researcher at SEME Division, at the CMCC Annual Meeting…

    Start typing and press Enter to search

    Shopping Cart