Transitions to New Technologies

The Transitions to New Technologies Program aims to further the understanding of the drivers, constraints, impacts, and dynamics of technological change, particularly in areas that are key for global sustainability. The program disseminates policy-relevant research findings through high-level global fora and participates in major international cross-cutting research projects and assessments.

Selected highlights

Pioneering a new approach to systems transformations

One of the greatest challenges the world faces is how to limit climate change to below 1.5˚C. A groundbreaking IIASA study demonstrated the benefits of following an end-use, low energy demand (LED) strategy that does not rely on so-called negative emissions technologies.

Technological innovations for achieving the SDGs

The UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) aim to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure peace and prosperity for all. A global research initiative established by IIASA provides information and guidance to policymakers for the successful implementation of these important goals.

Pushing frontiers in science: Rethinking demand

Under the 2018 thematic focus of Consumption and Production, IIASA partnered with the Research Institute of Innovative Technology for the Earth (RITE) to organize an international, interdisciplinary workshop aiming to push the frontiers of science on the conceptualization, interdisciplinary integration, and modeling of demand.

Engaging with science and policy communities

The Transitions to New Technologies (TNT) Program’s strategy for engagement with the IIASA science and policy communities include a focus on high-level international science and policy initiatives and the dissemination of results from its research through dedicated open source web-based platforms.