The Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) held a ceremony today to mark its ongoing cooperation with the UK Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) to develop a Taiwan 2050 Pathways Calculator. Mr Chris Wood, Director of the British Trade and Cultural Office, attended the ceremony and signed a Letter of Intent with ITRI on behalf of DECC. The Letter of Intent is the first agreement between DECC and an institution in Taiwan.
The UK 2050 Pathways Calculator is an accurate and publicly available model to forecast the future energy supply and demand in the UK. The model can be used to understand the consequences of different possible energy policies or energy mixes in the UK. DECC has developed several different version of the Calculator, ranging from a detailed version which contains all the data for experts, to ‘My2050’ which uses a graphical interface, a bit like a computer game, to show a younger audience the consequences of different energy policies. With the calculator, members of the UK public and NGOs can develop their own ‘Pathways’ – suggested energy policies for the UK in the period to 2050. The UK used the calculator as part of a wider consultation on energy policy. More than 20,000 Pathways were submitted to the UK Government as part of the consultation on energy policy.
ITRI has been working with DECC to develop a version of the 2050 Calculator for Taiwan since 2012. Their goal is to complete the Calculator by the end of August 2013, allowing it to be used by the Taiwanese administration and population to discuss energy issues thereafter.