Energy Systems and Modelling:
- Introduction: Phase I : ESMIntroduction
- Modelling Tools: Phase I : ESMmodellingtools
- Conferences, workshops and networking under Phase I : ESMConferences
- Low Carbon Societies Modelling Project : ESMLowcarbonsociety
- Japan-UK Low Carbon Scenarios modelling project
- UK MARKAL-Macro Model and the Energy White Paper
- UK events and participation
- International events and participation
What are energy models?
Energy models are systematic tools to generates insights into the potential evolution of the energy system, and its interactions with the overall economy and the environment. The UK energy-economic system is extremely complex and hence requires sophisticated tools: approaches designed to investigates different aspects of the integrated system. As a result modelling dominates the debate on UK and international energy policies, for example on the costs of climate change mitigation.
What are these models used for?
The Energy Systems Modelling (ESM) theme maintain and develops comprehensive UK capacity in E4 (energy-economic-engineering-environment) modelling, notably the technology focused energy systems model family (MARKAL, MED, MARKAL-Macro), and the macro-econometric MDM-E3 and E3MG models. These models have been used to address a range of UK energy policy issues including long-term carbon reductions, the role of innovation in the future energy system, the development of hydrogen infrastructures, and the uptake of energy efficiency technologies and measures. International activities include the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and the Japan-UK Low Carbon Societies research project.
A depiction of E4 modelling is given in the figure below, illustrating its complexity and interdisciplinary nature.
Do you want to know more about the relations between energy efficiency, energy consumption, economic growth and policy interventions?
"The Macroenomic Rebound Effect and the UK Economy"
Check the extensive range of UK 60% CO2 abatement scenarios and sensitivity analysis run for analytical insights to underpin the 2007 Energy White Paper.
"Analysing scenarios for the Government's 2007 Energy White Paper"