IAEA and AfDB organize training workshop on energy planning tools

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Energy planning can be the key to effectively addressing challenges related to climate change, air quality, energy security and resource limitations, participants agreed at a three-day virtual workshop, hosted by l IAEA from July 19 to 21 in cooperation with the Asian Development Bank (ADB).

Energy planning is directly linked to national development and sustainable national development – ​​reliable access to clean, affordable and secure energy is the cornerstone of economic growth and improved human well-being. Under its technical cooperation program, the IAEA offers a wide variety of training programs, knowledge-sharing forums and technical advice to help countries develop their energy strategies based on future models and projections of energy demand.

Organized as part of an ongoing regional project[1] and within the framework of the Regional Cooperation Agreement for Asia and the Pacific (RCA), the workshop provided an opportunity for experts from the AfDB, the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE -UN) and the IAEA to present the existing opportunities for capacity building and training in the use of the Agency’s energy planning tools.

The 25 experts in attendance from across Asia and the Pacific attended a series of presentations laying out the basics of energy supply and demand modelling, including a demonstration of the IAEA’s model for alternatives energy supply systems and the MESSAGE (General Environmental Impacts) tool.

Once the basic scientific concepts, energy modeling tools and procedures were established, expert workshop speakers provided guidance on how various social, economic and technological drivers can affect the scenarios modeled by energy planners. . For example, models that prioritize low energy costs may delay achievement of national climate goals, while scenarios in which low-carbon sources are subsidized would accelerate progress toward those goals.

An in-person regional workshop for CAR countries will take place October 10-21 as a follow-up to the three-day virtual workshop. The in-person event will focus on IAEA energy planning tools, including MESSAGE.

Expand cooperation with the Asian Development Bank

The July ADB-IAEA workshop builds on previous events co-hosted by the two organizations, which were designed to highlight the economic and development challenges that can act as barriers to a smooth transition to higher energy. own.

An IAEA side event on the sidelines of the Asian Development Bank’s Clean Energy Forum 2022 on June 15, 2022 highlighted the value of integrated energy system planning and introduced several modeling tools to attendees. These modeling tools can support an approach to long-term energy planning consistent with national social development goals and global climate targets.

“Training in the IAEA’s MESSAGE tool is at the heart of our efforts. This software is designed to set up optimization models of energy supply systems in order to evaluate capacity expansion, investments associated, environmental impacts and applicable policies at the national, sub-regional or regional levels,” explained Andrii Gritsevskyi, Head of the Planning and Capacity Building Unit at the IAEA.

The June 15 event was also an opportunity for Henri Paillere, Chief of the Planning and Economic Studies Section of the IAEA, to present the links between energy planning and the critical topics of climate change and sustainability. “We can further reduce global emissions and ensure a livable future with the tools and know-how we already possess within the international community,” Paillere said, drawing attention to the report’s findings on mitigation. published by working group 3 of the intergovernmental group of experts. on climate change (IPCC).

This coordination under the RTA has served as a pathway to enhance the cooperation outlined in the current Framework Cooperation Agreement between the IAEA and the AfDB in several other areas besides energy planning, including cooperation in human health, animal health, environment and plastics.

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