Research Centre for Energy, Environment and  Technology of Spain
The Research Centre for Energy, Environment and Technology (CIEMAT) is a public research institution assigned to the Spanish Ministry of Economy, Industry and Competitiveness under the Secretariat of State for Research, Development and Innovation. In addition to its headquarters in Madrid it has five research centres across Spain. Its main focus lies on studying, developing and improving energy sources (renewable energies, nuclear fusion, nuclear fission, fossil fuels) and their impact on the environment, developing new technologies, and basic research such as high energy physics. It furthermore has a technology transfer programme. CIEMAT has a staff of 1,330 and an annual budget of €95 million (2015).

The Department of Environment is one of five technical departments. It is concerned with the environmental consequences of energy production, industry and transport and their mitigation, while promoting sustainable development. Hence, the main areas of work are air pollution, soil and environmental geology, climate change. The department has a staff of 121 people.

The activities of CIEMAT’s Climate Change Programme focus on the scientific basis (the role of aerosols), monitoring and surveillance (greenhouse gas fluxes in forest and agricultural systems; soils), impacts (on air pollution and ecosystems), public behaviour (sustainable consumption) and environmental technologies for mitigation (geological storage of CO2).

Collaborative Programmes

CIEMAT is active in the following ECRA Collaborative Programmes:

Changes in the Hydrological Cycle

Projects

For an overview of CIEMAT’s R&D&I projects in the area of climate change, please consult the programme’s website. International projects and collaborations are listed here.

Infrastructure

Headquarters + 5 specialised centres
Laboratories (incl. 7 environment labs)
Pre-industrial pilot facilities

Contacts

Begoña Artiñano
Member of ECRA’s Executive Committee
Head of Atmospheric Pollution Unit
Department of Environment
CIEMAT
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Thomas Schmid
Researcher
Department of Environment
CIEMAT
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