Decarbonising Modern Societies Integrated Scenarios Process and Workshops
Funded by: Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research
August 2004 to August 2004
Background, summary and aims
Background and Aims
The goal of the Tyndall Centre is to contribute interdisciplinary research to address climate change policy analysis. The aim of this project is to explore the strategies available to decrease carbon and energy consumption in the UK through integrated scenarios involving engineers, scientists, economists and social scientists. 'Decarbonising Modern Societies Integrated Scenarios Process and Workshops' is a collaborative project led by PSI and the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST).
Starting from the results and methodologies generated in the Tyndall Research Theme 2 'Decarbonising Modern Societies', this project is developing an integrative approach for evaluating the transition to a low-carbon sustainable energy society, as envisaged by the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution, eg, 60 per cent CO2 reduction by 2050. This approach involves a qualitative and semi-quantitative sustainability appraisal of options using Multi-Criteria Assessment and integrated scenario construction and appraisal. The objectives are, therefore, the following:
a) to devise a credible, challenging, and creative set of scenarios for a substantially decarbonised energy society in the 2050s
b) to devise a suitable multi-criteria assessment framework from which to assess these different future visions.
c) to conduct a multi-criteria assessment of the scenario set, with key findings.
For further information on the whole project see http://www.tyndall.ac.uk/research/theme1/summary_t2_12.shtml.
Importance of Research
The work is clearly important in relation to UK climate change policy, which is seeking to achieve its challenging emission reduction targets. In addition, by exploring the effectiveness of technical, managerial and behavioural strategies, it will provide insights on the most effective combination of policy instruments aimed at decreasing carbon and energy intensities in the UK. It will also pursue, as far as possible, the integration of different modelling approaches.