Targets and turmoil in UK energy policy: energy modeling at the science-policy interface
June 8, 2016
L3 Event (Lumina Lunch & Learn)
Francis Li will talk about (and demo) the BLUE Analytica model at Lumina Decision Systems,
1350 Dell Av, Suite 101, Campbell, CA 95008
Noon to 1pm on Wednesday, 8th June 2016
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Energy models have played a strong role in underpinning UK government decisions on energy and climate policy since the early 2000’s. Ambitious long term greenhouse gas (GHG) mitigation targets are enshrined in legislation and nominally enjoy broad cross party support. While the government is an implicit signatory to the Paris Agreement as part of the EU28, UK energy policy has experienced a recent period of turmoil and policy reversals that throws the strategic direction of travel into doubt. The challenge for energy modelling at the science-policy interface is now to explore plausible pathways for achieving long term targets that deliver relevant insights for decision makers in the short to medium term. This is likely to involve not only reframing long term climate targets in light of the Paris Agreement but also exploring robust technology transition pathways that are resilient in the face of multiple uncertainties. For modellers, this involves the development of new tools and methodological approaches as well renewed efforts to engagement with the policy process.
Bio: Dr. Francis Li
Dr. Francis Li is a Research Associate at the University College London (UCL) Energy Institute. Francis focuses on energy economic modelling and long term strategic planning for energy policy. Francis received his PhD in Energy and Economics in 2013, having previously practiced at a multinational engineering consultancy (2005-2012). Francis is a Chartered Engineer (CEng) with the UK Engineering Council (ECUK) and a member of the British Institute of Energy Economics (BIEE). His current portfolio of projects includes both academic research for the RCUK Energy Programme and strategic analysis for major industry stakeholders (UK Energy Technologies Institute, National Grid plc). His research focuses mainly on long term decarbonisation pathway analysis, socio-technical transitions in the energy system, and strategic decision making under conditions of deep uncertainty.
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