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The Energy Policy and Development Centre (KEPA) of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (NKUA) is hosting a one-week training activity on climate change policies, which includes an update on international policy trends, data collection, scenario development, and the use of LEAP and the AMS method of multi-criteria climate change policy evaluation. Discounted registration fees are offered before September 30th.
A new version of LEAP, the Long-range Energy Alternatives Planning system is now available. The latest version features improvements to LEAP's optimization calculations including support for modeling a renewable portfolio standard (RPS) and support for more realistically modeling the different sizes (capacities) of different types of power plants by using Mixed Integer Linear Programming. The update also allows LEAP to be used simultaneously by multiple user accounts on a single PC.
A detailed description of the new features is available here.
You can download LEAP here.
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.