Pathways for Carbon Transitions

PACT project aims at shaping what a sustainable post-carbon society would look like and how we could reach it within the next 50 years. It will focus first on what shape the energy demand, and how this should evolve towards post-carbon concept, from two viewpoints: that of the infrastructures, in relation to urbanisation and land-use schemes, and that of the life-styles and behaviours, in relation to the technologies that should be available. It will then deepen the question of urbanisation and land-use from the renewable energy perspective, including that of the systems (centralised/dependence versus decentralised/autonomous). Last, PACT will investigate the role of social forces, actors, stakeholders in the transition process toward this post-carbon concept. The ultimate objective of the project is to complement these analytical components with an attempt to quantify scenarios of post-carbon societies, at the world level.


First semester 2009 : Survey “Youth, Energy and Future”

The PACT (Post-carbon transition) project and the European Commission ask for schools’ kind cooperation for an international research.
Please invite your students, aged between 14 an 19 years, to express their opinions about energy and future.
Students can fill in the on-line questionnaire (available in English, French, German, Italian or Spanish) going to this link:


This project has a 3 years duration. The starting date was October, 2008. The end of the project is planned for October 2011. This project is funded by the European Commission within the 7th Research Framework programme (Project number : 225503). The views expressed in this website are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the European Commission.

General information on the 7th Research Framework programme and the Socio-economic Sciences and Humanities projects :
Cordis SSH :
Europa SSH :
Deliverables can be consulted here