Brief introduction:

“The 2050 Calculator is a free and open energy and emissions model that can be used to increase energy literacy and inform policy at the city, regional, country and even global level. It offers an easy way to explore future scenarios and their impacts. It can be tailored to suit everyone from experts to the general public. A number of countries and territories around the world are already using calculators in their energy planning, including China, India, the UK and South Africa. This site brings together the community of modellers who have built calculators so that they can share best practice, improve their tools and help others who are interested in building their own.”

“History - The calculator story began in the UK in 2009, when the government's Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) was tasked with coming up with a plan to meet the world's first legally binding emissions target (an 80% reduction by 2050 based on a 1990 baseline). Because there was so much uncertainty about what technologies would be available in the future, the team decided to build a new tool to explore all the options available, rather than using existing models that determine an optimum pathway. A number of "key messages" from the calculator were published - lessons learnt from all pathways that meet the 2050 target. These were then used to develop the Carbon Plan, the government's overall emission reduction strategy, in 2011. A simplified version of the calculator called My2050 was developed aimed at the general public. Over 17,000 people have submitted pathways using this site, giving a unique insight into public opinion on the energy transition. Since then, other countries, regions and territories have adopted a similar approach and have built their own calculators to help inform policy and increase public understanding of energy issues. This began with the Belgian region of Wallonia, and was quickly followed by China. In 2012 DECC received funding from the International Climate Fund to support 10 developing countries to build calculators using locally based teams. Each team has refined and extended the calculator methodology to answer their own questions, and we hope that more places will be able to benefit in the future.”

Country Calculators:

  • http://2050calculator.wix.com/2050calculator#!calculators/cee5
  • Related resources:

  • http://www.globalcalculator.org/
  • http://book.2050.org.uk/
  • https://www.gov.uk/international-outreach-work-of-the-2050-calculator
  • http://www.globalcalculator.org/
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