26th Nov -2019 @ 3:00 PM Speakers: Dr. Oleg Lugovoy & Mr. Parthaa Bosu, Entitled “Modelling session on Deep Decarbonization..”

Department of Management Studies, IISc, Bangalore and Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), Washington DC are jointly organizing

Modelling session on Deep Decarbonization.

Venue: Seminar hall | Department of Management Studies, IISc

Date & Time: 26/11/2019 at 3:00 PM


Session overview: 

Even if the necessity for rapid reduction of GHG emissions is broadly acknowledged, there is no clear vision of how the economy can be decarbonized. Is decarbonization technically feasible? What are its economic implications? What investments would be needed and how would employment be affected? Achieving consensus on such critical questions is essential for decision-making, and should be broadly discussed using the results from models and scenarios developed from various perspectives.

Reference Energy System (RES) models, such as TIMES/MARKAL, MESSAGE, OSeMOSYS, ReEDS, and many others are powerful tools in brainstorming alternative energy futures, taking into account available resources and desired levels of energy services. Simulation and comparison of alternative scenarios help develop a deeper understanding of the available options and builds knowledge and confidence for decision making. Currently, energy modeling is experiencing an open-source boom. With growing demand from society for deeper and better analyses of “conventional” and “alternative” pathways, models are shifting from traditionally expensive, proprietary, “black-box” consulting tools to freely available, affordable and transparent aids for research and analysis. Moreover, the higher technical and economic potential for penetration of renewable energy sets new requirements for research, pushing development of the models. 

The objective of the workshop is to demonstrate the application  of one particular type of model (RES, also known as capacity expansion models, or “Bottom-Up”, technological energy models) and to discuss outcomes in the context of deep decarbonization. The demonstration includes an overview of results from a 31-region model of China’s electric power sector, with 1-hour resolution and optimized structure of energy system based on 39-years weather data; an overview of open source USENSYS (United States ENergy SYStem with 49 regions and 1-hour resolution) , and a preliminary version of an open-source 30-region model of India’s electric power sector. 


About the speakers: 

Dr. Oleg Lugovoy 

Dr. Oleg Lugovoy is a Senior Economic Analyst at Environmental Defense Fund, Washington DC. He is an energy and environment modeling expert and researcher, developer of open-source energy and integrated assessment models and software. He works in collaboration with China’s, Russian, US, and international research think tanks to conduct an analysis of sustainable development, develop and apply relevant economic models and tools. He lead the Russian modeling team in the Deep Decarbonization Pathways Project (DDPP) by UN SDSN (2015-2016). He was also instrumental in creating the China Energy Modeling Forum (CEMF) by engaging the research institution as well as think tanks.

Mr. Parthaa Bosu 

Parthaa Bosu leads the air quality work for EDF in India. He is also their Lead India Advisor. He is an expert in air-quality management with more than 18 years of experience working in the multi-sectoral environment. He has worked with the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers, where he was part of the team that developed the computerized emission check system for vehicles in India (which remains in use) and designed and implemented training with various state pollution control boards. In 2010, he joined the UN Partnership, Clean Air Asia as the India Representative before becoming the India Director and South Asia Liaison, where he led the development of the world’s first walkability survey app. He also structured the country’s first and only Green Freight India Working Group, which works to reduce emissions from and improve the efficiency of freight trucks and includes members from top private sector companies, think tanks, academia, and NITI Aayog.