Source: Science Daily

April 2014

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Bariloche 2014: The 13th Annual Training Workshop on
Using LEAP for Energy Policy Analysis for Sustainable Development


9th to 20th June 2014, San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina

This workshop, hosted by the Institute for Energy Economics of the Fundación Bariloche (IDEE/FB) in Argentina and supported by the Stockholm Environment Institute, will provide participants with an opportunity to enhance their knowledge of energy and environmental analysis, in addition to introducing participants to LEAP (the Long-range Energy Alternatives Planning system, a widely used scenario-based energy-environment modeling tool.

The workshop is designed for energy and environmental professionals from Latin America from the private sector, government ministries, and non-governmental organization. The workshop will be conducted entirely in Spanish. The content of the workshop will be split into two segments: week one will focus on the concepts of energy planning and energy scenario analysis and week two will be devoted to an intensive LEAP training session.

More details here in English and Spanish including information on how to apply.


USAID AGMC

Two Workshops in Asia on Using LEAP for GHG Mitigation Assessment


The US Agency for International Development Low Emissions Asian Development (USAID LEAD) program, in collaboration with the USAID Indonesia Clean Energy Development (USAID ICED) program and the Asian Greenhouse Gas Management Center (AGMC), will host two regional workshops in March 2014 on using LEAP for greenhouse gas (GHG) mitigation assessment.
  1. LEAP for Regional GHG Mitigation: The first, four-day training workshop, will take place from March 25-28, 2014 in Indonesia (precise location to be confirmed) and is intended to help develop capacity to apply LEAP at the sub-national scale.
  2. Strengthening the Asian Community of Practice on LEAP: The second workshop will be held in Bangkok, Thailand from March 31-April 2, 2014 and is intended for experienced LEAP users to share knowledge and engage with peers on the topic of energy policy analysis and GHG mitigation assessment. NB: This workshop is NOT intended to teach participants how to use LEAP.
Both workshops will be led by Dr. Charles Heaps, the developer of LEAP.

Detailed information on the two events including agendas and information on how to apply as well as information on limited funding support is available here.


LEAP used to support countries tackling short-lived climate pollutants


Climate change is driven primarily by the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, and sharply reducing CO2 emissions is the top priority in the effort to avoid dangerous long-term impacts. But pollutants that don't remain in the atmosphere for long, such as methane, hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), and black carbon (soot), play an important role in the short term, with particularly large impacts in urban areas and sensitive regions such as the Arctic. They also affect human health, crop yields and ecosystems.

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.

  • For an overview of the science of SLCPs and the benefits of addressing them, watch a video with SEI's Kevin Hicks.

  • To learn more about CCAC, visit www.unep.org/ccac; a summary of the meeting is available here.

  • To learn more about the LEAP-SLCP tool, contact the LEAP developer Charlie Heaps directly.