ECRAN modelling: Multi-beneficiary workshop on modelling: Module 4

Date: 20-22.04.2016
Place: Tirana, Albania
Organizer: ECRAN Secretariat with EC TAIEX Unit

In terms of technical requirements, the focus of the training will be on one specific modeling platform, the Long-range Energy Alternatives Planning System (LEAP) which has been developed by the Stockholm Environmental Institute. Of the 8 beneficiaries 6 are already using LEAP, and one has expressed interest in using it. The training program is organized into four modules to be conducted during one year.

The first four-day long meeting was organized in Skopje in November 2014 and aimed to give an introduction to the participants to the policy environment, give an introductory training on LEAP as well as provide initial steps in filling the LEAP structure with country relevant data, building up the basic model.

The training part of the second and third Module was focused on definition of scenario types, definition and reporting on policies and measures, projections of drivers of future emissions, costs of technologies and the building of baseline scenario. In Module 3 countries were requested to prepare a high ambition scenario (HAM-scenario) of their choice for training purposes, including the identification of technologies, associated costs and definition of the CO2 reduction potential associated with that HAM scenario.

This fourth and final module of the training will wrap up the Module 3 homework and will connect the theoretical modelling practices with the recent policy developments where modelling was important, especially connecting INDCs and high ambition decarbonisation scenarios. It will also overview the lessons learned in the previous three modules.

General Objective

The objective of the training program is to increase technical capacities in the countries to allow them to carry out modelling of emission scenarios. The modelling aided scenario work will benefit countries by helping them meet their future EU and UNFCCC reporting requirements, and to form a rational position on national efforts contributing to the EU 2050 roadmap and the 2030 Framework, and may assist them by promoting evidence based planning in energy policy, including in the development of an energy strategy, energy efficiency action plan and renewable energy action plan.