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Energy and climate modelling towards net zero emissions

Energy and climate modelling towards net zero emissions

The project will introduce the most up-to-date system of modelling instruments and tools, taking into account not only techno-economic approach, emphasizing detailed technological and economic variables, and system interactions, also over decades, in a formalised quantitative framework, but also socio-technical aspects (institutions, actors, values, technology innovation, etc.) and their interaction over longer time periods (decades) at multiple levels and scales. Although the predefined TIMES model applies two different, and complementary, approaches to modelling energy: a technical engineering approach and an economic approach and combining it with EnergyPlan model, can improve the modelling of the energy system flexibility, several important aspects, especially behaviour aspects cannot be taken into account.  To compensate these shortcomings, this project proposal has proposed innovative approach combining TIMES & EnergyPlan modelling system and National System Dynamics model analysing complex socio-technical transition to zero greenhouse gas energy system. The proposed modelling system together with LULUCF analysis, including sustainable forest development aspects and economic impact analysis with particular emphasis of the competitiveness of other sectors will allow to prepare comprehensive policy analysis and proposals.  The project presents multidisciplinary team including 7 professors from 3 Latvian universities (RTU, LULST, LU) and international steering committee.

PROJECT FUNDED BY:

National Research Program “Energy”

PROJECT DURATION:

From 7th of December 2018 until 6th of December 2021

PROJECT BUDGET:

558 000 EUR

SCIENTIFIC LEADER OF THE PROJECT:

Andra Blumberga

PUBLISHED:

04.01.2019.