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Mark Howells

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May 4, 2021, 1:17:04 PMMay 4
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Dear All, For collegial info & hopefully useful for those working in Africa. Best, Mark 


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Subject: News Flash: Starter Energy Modelling Kits for African Countries

Free: Starter Kits and Data for an Energy System Investment Model
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CCG Starter Data Kits: Decarbonization planning for African nations

The Climate Compatible Growth (CCG) Programme - with partners - has published starter data kits (with zero order energy models) for every country in Africa for use as the basis for developing national decarbonization strategies. This is the first time that such models have been provided at this scale, for a whole region, free to access, and using publicly available data.

These starter model kits can be utilized by researchers, development partners, investment analysts, and academics, and they can be further adapted and applied. This meets a critical need, with many countries not currently having data or analytical tools to undertake decarbonization planning. Users will be able to explore the investment implications of clean energy policies, what is required to get to net-zero emissions, and how to meet growing energy demand across economic sectors. 



For each national kit, a paper is available that describes the datasets used for the country, the structure of the model, and the types of results and insights that can be generated.  

All aspects of the kits, as well as support, are free and help meet new U4RIA goals for accountable policy modelling. The models and datasets are hosted openly on the Zenodo.org platform, while the pre-print papers have been published on ResearchSquare.com together with a discussion blog. All of these resources can be accessed here via the CCG website. A free, certificate generating online training course (here) has been created in partnership with the Open University to enable users to quickly get up and running with the modelling tools.




We would like to acknowledge and thank the partners and data providers who - with generous contributions either directly or in-kind - helped make this, and future iterations possible, they include IEA, UNSTATS, IAEA, APEC, IRENA, UCC, KTH, UFOP, SFU, UCR, and others!

The Climate Compatible Growth (CCG) Programme has published starter data kits (with zero order energy models) for every country in Africa for use as the basis for developing national decarbonization strategies.
The Climate Compatible Growth (CCG) Programme has published starter data kits (with zero order energy models) for every country in Africa for use as the basis for developing national decarbonization strategies.
The Climate Compatible Growth (CCG) Programme has published starter data kits (with zero order energy models) for every country in Africa for use as the basis for developing national decarbonization strategies.

CCG draws from leading academics and is built on a partnership of world-class universities, all with a track record of impact excellence.

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Robbie Morrison

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May 4, 2021, 1:30:12 PMMay 4
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Hi Mark, all

I blogged about this CCG announcement earlier today and my posting has a little more background than the press release below:

Stepping back, I guess we modelers should talk about how to create coherent databases for this kind of regional information.  I called these "data systems" recently for want of a better term and also blogged about them too:

Current examples include: SPINE, PowerSystems.jl, PowerGenome, and Open Energy Outlook.  These data system projects are one step beyond data portals like the ENTSO‑E Transparency Platform, OPSD, and WRI PowerExplorer in they offer a internally consistent, coherent, and complete view within their stated scope.

with best wishes, Robbie

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