UK provides training to Thai officials on how to develop emissions tracking tool.
The UK’s Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), the British Embassy Bangkok and the Thai government’s Greenhouse Gas Management Organization recently organised a three-day training workshop for 25 Thai government officials on how to develop a 2050 Emissions Pathways Calculator for Thailand. Participants included officials from the Department of Alternative Energy and Efficiency Development, the Energy Research Institute and the Energy Generating Authority of Thailand.
Funded by the UK’s International Climate Fund, the Thai 2050 Calculator will allow policymakers to track what effect different economic, energy and climate policies would have on carbon emissions out to 2050 if they were implemented. By highlighting the choices and trade-offs that will have to be made over the next 35 years, the calculator will provide insights into how to most effectively build a more sustainable, low carbon path to economic development. There will also be an interactive online version where members of the public will be able to learn about how to adjust their energy consumption and create their own emissions pathways and track the impacts of the changes they make.
The calculator is based on an award-winning model developed by the UK to help shape its climate and energy policies and to open up a public debate about how best to build a low carbon future and DECC is now working with a number of other organisations on a Global Calculator, as well as supporting other national calculators for countries such as India, China, Brazil, Indonesia and Vietnam. You can follow progress on the Global Calculator website as well as testing out the latest draft version and offering any feedback.
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