The Competence Center for Research in Energy, Society and Transition - CREST contributes to the energy transition in Switzerland by providing detailed, evidence-based recommendations on policies that help to reduce energy demand, foster innovation, and increase the share of renewables in a cost-efficient way. It covers the complete action area “economy, environment, law and behavior” with four lines of research that develop innovative concepts for energy policy, provide an in-depth analysis of drivers and barriers to energy efficiency, produce detailed strategies that help firms and regions in adjusting to the new energy system, and develop novel assessment tools for policies and technological solutions.
The SCCER CREST brings together research groups from almost all major Swiss research institutions and fills important gaps in the research landscape. It is one of the strongest research centers in this field worldwide, cooperates closely with partners from industry, public administration, and policy consulting, and works together closely with the technical SCCER.
Addressing the role of firms and regions for the energy transition, including innovation, new business models, investment, regional development, and social acceptance of new technologies. Read more
Addressing the behavior of individuals to provide abetter understanding of the decisions of energy consumers, of the determinants of energy consumption, and of options for reducing energy demand. Read more
Addressing the energy policy and energy market regulation from a legal, political and economic perspective. Research covers the design and implementation of new policy measures, energy market regulation, the national and international legal context, and simulation-based policy assessment. Read more
Addressing legal and political challenges in the governance of the Energy Strategy. Research will provide recommendations for overcoming situations in which the current governance impedes the transformation towards sustainable energy systems and in which more effective policies, regulations, and processes could facilitate the transformation. Read more