Some of you might remember a blog I wrote last spring introducing an exciting new tool by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), the 2050 Calculator. At the time, this interactive tool was only available to model the UK, so I am happy to find out that it is now also available based on data for China!
Since the original UK data tool was based on a very flexible structure that can be modified to take into account structural differences between the UK and other economies it was only a matter of time to see this extension. The tool is now available for the UK, China, Belgium and South Korea.
China’s Energy Research Institute (ERI) has been working with its British counterparts to adapt the UK Government’s ‘2050 Calculator’ to their own economy. The online tool, which is now available to the public, exposes the risks and trade-offs associated with different future energy scenarios in a fun and innovative way.
The new tool for China allows the user to model energy demand, primary energy supply as well as greenhouse gas emissions.
Energy demand can be adjusted by changing several determining factors, such as the heavy industry output growth or the rate of energy consumption decline. Primary energy supply can be calculated to consist of increasing clean energy solutions such as renewables or by introducing better efficiency measures. Greenhouse gas emissions can be influenced by sequestration or policies like carbon credits. Then one can check the implications of this new energy system. It’s fun trying to balance everything out!
“The 2050 Calculator is a ground-breaking tool to help countries better plans their future energy strategy, in a transparent and evidence-based way. We welcome the work of our Chinese colleagues,” says DECC Secretary of State, Ed Davey.
DECC has also successfully bid for up to £2.1m of funding from the UK’s International Climate Fund to support work on a 2050 Calculator in 10 more developing countries over the next two years.