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

  • SPARCCLE - Socioeconomic Pathways, Adaptation and Resilience to Changing CLimate in Europe

    The SPARCCLE is a project funded by the European Union’s Horizon Europe…

  • UPTAKE - Bridging current knowledge gaps to enable the UPTAKE of carbon dioxide removal methods

    UPTAKE aims to facilitate the sustainable upscaling of carbon dioxide removal (CDR)…

  • ACCREU - Assessing Climate Change Risk in EUrope

    ACCREU is a project funded by HORIZON Europe RIA (Research and Innovation…

  • SEME Publications

    Forget-Me-Not: The Persistent Effect of Information Provision for Adopting Climate-Friendly Goods

    Gao Y.,Tavoni M.
    2023, Management Science, 0(0), DOI: 10.1287/mnsc.2023.4910, web page

    Nudging Payment Behaviour: Evidence from a Field Experiment on Pay-as-You-Go Off-Grid Electricity

    Bonan J., D'Adda G.
    2023, World Bank Economic Review, DOI: DOI:10.1093/wber/lhad012, web page

    A multi-model framework to assess the role of R&D towards a decarbonized energy system

    Nogueira L., Dalla Longa F., Aleluia Da Silva Reis L., Drouet L., et al.
    2023, Climatic Change, 176, Article number: 82, DOI: DOI: 10.1007/s10584-023-03553-w, web page

    SEME Models

  • FASST(R) - FAst Scenario Screening Tool

    FASST(R) is a source receptor model, an R version of the reduced-form…

    Città & coste, Pianeta futuro.

  • WITCH - World Induced Technical Change Hybrid model

    WITCH (World Induced Technical Change Hybrid) is an integrated assessment model designed…

    Energia, Pianeta futuro, Politiche Globali, Migrazioni & Ineguaglianze.

  • Division Director

    Massimo Tavoni

    Division Manager


    Via Bergognone, 34 – 20144 Milano (MI)

    [email protected]

    Research Units

    We examine pathways of transition of the economic, environmental and technological systems. We develop and use complex models that integrate sectors and systems and delineate the key strategies compatible with climate stabilization. We carry out empirical work on the efficacy of climate policies around the world.

    Leaders: Laurent Drouet and Johannes Emmerling

    We assess the behavioural elements that affect individuals, corporations and institutions in the realm of environmental choices. We evaluate energy efficiency and low carbon programmes of industries and governments, both in developed and developing countries, through randomized controlled trials.

    Leader: Giovanna d’Adda

    We study the links between climate change and migration and estimate to what extent climate change and other environmental risks influence patterns of human migration.

    Leader: Cristina Cattaneo

    We identify innovation and technological pathways, strategies and policies for the low-carbon transition; we analyse the mechanisms and the role of specific policies and technological disruptions in fostering or hindering the transition toward low carbon development.

    Leader: Elena Verdolini

    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

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    Just transitions, climate risk assessment, international trade and policy: CMCC at EAERE 2023

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    Integrated Assessment Modeling Consortium: the Annual Meeting in Venice

    Abstract submissions are welcome until June 30th, 2023 for the Sixteenth Annual Meeting of the Integrated Assessment Modeling Consortium (IAMC)

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