The Energy, Environment and Water Research Center (EEWRC) was established in December 2007 as the first Research Center of The Cyprus Institute. The Center works in close collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry, the Cyprus Research Promotion Foundation (RPF) and many national institutions and organizations in Cyprus and the region.
Research at EEWRC deals with societally relevant issues related to energy, environment, climate and water. EEWRC's overarching mission is the understanding of and preparing for the major challenges and changes in the environment, socio-economic structures and societies in the Eastern Mediterranean in the 21st century. Problems of national and regional importance and global significance are addressed with an emphasis on their specific regional, Eastern Mediterranean manifestations.
The Center strives to reach the highest standards of excellence and is increasingly recognized as a significant scientific resource for the region. Collaboration and exploitation of synergistic potentials with other CyI research centers represents a guiding principle of our work, cooperation and partnerships with national, international and European institutions forms an integral part of our activities.
Research activities are carried out within the framework of one or more of EEWRC’s three established divisions, namely:
- Energy and Renewables
- Environment and Climate
- Water and Natural Resources
Research activities in a fourth division, Economics and Policies, are addressed within the scope of the three existing divisions. Research at EEWRC strives to be interdisciplinary and issue-driven, embracing the physical, chemical, biological and human/socio-economic sciences. Research at EEWRC is related to three major focus areas:
- achieving a low carbon economy via the adoption of measures for energy efficiency and the employment of renewable energies to reduce the dependence on hydrocarbon energy sources;
- understanding environmental integrity and global/climate change through observations, analytical analyses, and numerical modeling to derive effective mitigation and adaptation strategies;
- enabling a sustainable management of water and other natural resources in arid and semi-arid environments.
The research agenda of the Center is realized through a number of flagship- as well as other projects that are largely funded through external, competitive funds and revolve around the following themes: