UK to provide £300k more for energy calculator

The UK Government is to provide extra funding to support the development of DECC’s 2050 energy calculator in other countries. It is an open-source online platform that helps understand the […]

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By Priyanka Shrestha

The UK Government is to provide extra funding to support the development of DECC’s 2050 energy calculator in other countries.

It is an open-source online platform that helps understand the options for hitting UK emission targets and is said to be an important tool for informing the climate debate and making policy “more evidence based”.

“It provides a way to model the world’s energy, land and food systems, allowing the user to explore the options for reducing global emissions to 2050 and to see the climate consequences of these choices to 2100,” DECC stated.

The government has shared the model with other countries, with around 30 nations currently working on it.

DECC funded 10 of these in developing countries through the International Climate Fund.

Energy Minister Lord Bourne announced an additional £300,000 will be available to further improve the models in India, Indonesia, Bangladesh and South Africa at an event in Paris yesterday.

He said: The 2050 Calculator is a simple idea but one that is very powerful. The Global Calculator takes this powerful idea worldwide, giving everyone access to the data about climate solutions.

“Not just university professors but governments, charities, schoolchildren and businesses.”

Last year DECC launched a scientific calculator to work out the carbon impacts of biomass.