Hitting net-zero: the role of energy modelling in national pathway analyses

1:30 PM - 5:30 PM, 23 January 2020
UCL Energy Institute, United Kingdom


Since the early 2000s, energy models have been widely deployed both in the academic research and policy domain for the assessment of long-term low carbon energy pathways, providing insights around economic impacts, technology deployment, and target setting. However, there has been a shift in the types of future energy systems that these models need to represent, due to increased climate ambition, and new thinking around emission reduction options. Energy models, to remain policy relevant, need to ensure that they can respond to this net zero emission challenge.

This workshop seeks to explore what the key challenges are for the energy modelling community, and how best to respond to ensure that these models remain a key part of the analytical toolbox for decision support. In bringing together modelling practitioners and users of modelling outputs, this workshop aims to help set out the future research agenda.

Draft agenda

13.30-14.00: Lunch

14.00-14.15: Workshop introduction and overview, Jim Watson & Oliver Broad (UCL)

14.15-15.00: Presentations: What does the net-zero emissions challenge mean for modelling?

  • UK perspective, David Joffe (CCC)
  • International perspective, Henri Waisman (IDDRI)

15.00–15.45: Short interventions: Identifying modelling challenges

  • Industrial decarbonisation, Jonathan Norman (Leeds University)
  • Carbon Dioxide Removals, Isabela Butnar (UCL)
  • Socio-political considerations, Rachel Freeman (UCL)
  • Energy and development, Julia Tomei (UCL)

15.45-16.00: Coffee break

16.00-17.15: Discussion groups: Responding to the challenge

17.15-17.30: Wrap-up & next steps

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