ECRAN Modelling: Support Mission to Module 1

Date: 16-17.03.2015
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 modelling 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 (Kosovo[1]) has expressed interest in using it. The training program is organized into four modules to be conducted during one year.

The specific objective of the training program is to increase technical capacities in the countries to allow them to build technical capacities to carry out modelling of emission scenarios, with the purpose of enabling them to carry out emission scenario modelling work. 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. Modelling of emission scenarios is part of the EU member state reporting obligations under the current MRV legislative framework.

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. Three more modules of training will follow along with homework within the yearlong program.

In order to provide support for those participants of the training programme who are less familiar with modelling and the LEAP modelling environment a need for additional training was identified for the beneficiaries from Albania, Kosovo*[1], and Montenegro. Completion of the support workshop is necessary to be conducted before the start of the second module of the training program (April 2015) in order to have similar knowledge basis for the participants who came with different background. It also allows for few new participants – who are identified to join the program lately to join the training with a chance to catch up with the curriculum of the program.

Expected Results of the Workshop

  • Enhanced technical capacity within the relevant ministries and institutions (in particular ministries responsible for climate, energy, transport, as well as national statistical offices) to implement specific policies and measures to converge with the EU climate change policy and selected EU legislation;
  • Strengthened regional network of experts.

1 This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244 and the ICJ opinion on the Kosovo declaration of independence.