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CREE – Oslo Centre for Research on Environmentally friendly Energy is a social science based energy research centre funded by the Research Council of Norway (FME Samfunn) with an annual grant of NOK 8 million for 5 years, with a possible 3 years extension .
The main focus is on economic research as the research partners include the Frisch Centre, Department of Economics (University of Oslo), the Research department at Statistics Norway, and Tilburg Sustainability Center (the Netherlands). Cooperation with Centre for Development and Environment (University of Oslo), Faculty of Law (University of Oslo), SINTEF Energy Research and Institute for Energy Technology broadens the research perspective. The user perspective is ensured by several partners from industry and government.
CREE will collect and develop knowledge on the effects of framework conditions in the energy market and on technological development, including innovation and the diffusion of technology for renewable energy, energy efficiency and carbon capture and storage. The centre provides a basis for better framework conditions and policy instruments designed to reach the energy and climate goals established nationally and internationally. CREE will also strive to develop the methodological framework required to reach these goals.
Our portfolio is divided into five working packages studying international climate and energy policy, innovation and diffusion, markets and regulation, evaluation of policy measures, and development of numerical models.
The center started its activities in August 2011.