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The newest version of SEI’s Long-range Energy Alternatives Planning system includes a new interactive scenario explorer, industrial strength optimization modeling capabilities, an enhanced and simplified user interface, and dramatic performance improvements.
We are pleased to announce a major new version of LEAP, SEI’s software tool for energy planning and climate change mitigation assessment. LEAP 2014 makes it easier to share and discuss modelling results with non-technical audiences, with improved charts and results tables, and a new Scenario Explorer (shown below) that lets you explore the implications of different policy choices, using "slider bars" directly connected to key parameters in your underlying LEAP models.
For example, a Low Emission Development Strategy (LEDS) might be modeled in LEAP, based on numerous separate Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs) in areas such as energy efficiency, fuel switching, renewables or reducing process emissions. Each of these NAMAs can be individually modeled in LEAP as scenarios.You can then combine these to explore which overall strategy is preferable with respect to overall costs, emissions reduction potential, energy security and how the strategy contributes to national development objectives. This, combined with dramatic speed improvements and a new Full Screen View, makes LEAP even more useful for use in interactive settings such as LEDS stakeholder workshops.
Other key new features include:
As always, the new version is fully backwards compatible with previous versions. Older data sets will be automatically upgraded when opened in the new version. LEAP also creates backups of previous versions for safety.
In February 2012, aiming to catalyze rapid action on these pollutants, the governments of Bangladesh, Canada, Ghana, Mexico, Sweden and the U.S. and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) launched the Climate and Clean Air Coalition to Reduce Short Lived Climate Pollutants (CCAC).
Since then, the coalition has grown to 66 partners: 33 countries and 33 intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations. SEI, which coordinated two major scientific reports on short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs) that have guided much of the coalition's work, has been involved from the start, and has made it an institutional priority to support CCAC. SEI Policy Director Johan C.I. Kuylenstierna, an expert in air pollution issues, sits on the coalition's Science Advisory Panel, and he also leads an initiative to help countries develop SLCPs National Action Plans, and is coordinating a new regional assessment of SLCPs in Latin America and the Caribbean.
As part of the planning initiative, SEI has developed a tool, based on LEAP, to assess the potential for mitigating SLCP emissions in each country. The new LEAP-SLCP tool is part of a CCAC National Action Plans "toolkit" that also includes a Rapid Benefits Calculator developed by SEI's York Centre and the BenMAP-CE tool developed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which focuses on the health benefits of reducing air pollution.
The toolkit got its first trial runs in the pilot phase of the national planning initiative, which began in January with four countries: Bangladesh, Colombia, Ghana and Mexico. Initial results were presented at a CCAC meeting in Mexico City on July 22-26, where the coalition also approved $1.9 million USD in new funding to support additional countries' national planning efforts. CCAC members also approved more than $3 million in new funding for initiatives to address SLCP emissions from household cooking and heating, brick kilns and landfills.