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Climate Compatible Growth Increases Energy Modelling Offer to Support Capacity Building in Global South

Climate Compatible Growth (CCG) has added five more courses to its portfolio of Energy Modelling training in the OpenLearn Collection, bringing the total to 15.

A map of Africa overlaid with some OnStove model results, showing the benefits per household in US dollars
A graph used in the OnStove course, taken from IEA.

At the recent COP28, one of the issues highlighted was the need to develop energy modelling skills in government and university teams locally so that they can do their own data analysis, independent of expensive consultants. Creating this skills and knowledge ‘capacity’ also embeds these skills permanently in-country as a legacy for the future. This is known as Capacity Building.

The new courses can be found on the OpenLearn website, provided by the Open University which is a member of the CCG partnership.

The new courses are:

  • The Electricity Transition Playbook: produced by the Green Grids Initiative and CCG, this groundbreaking course provides a practical guide for energy ministries and other government departments to help them navigate their transition to clean energy successfully.
  • Energy Access Explorer: Data-driven, Integrated and Inclusive Energy Planning: produced by the World Resources Institute (WRI), enables planners to identify high-priority areas for energy expansion.
  • Geospatial Data Management for Energy Access Modelling and Planning: created by SEforALL and Kartoza, provides an introduction to managing data using GIS software.
  • Geospatial clean cooking access modelling using OnStove: produced by KTH Royal Institute of Technology (also a member of the CCG partnership) and SEforALL, this course introduces OnStove, an open-source spatial clean cooking tool identifying the best cooking solutions across any given area based on their costs and benefits.
  • Input-Output analysis and modelling with MARIO: produced by Politecnico di Milano, introduces the fundamentals of quantitative impact assessment methods and models. These quantitative models are specifically designed to assess the prospective environmental and economic impacts resulting from the application of technological or policy interventions, comprehensively including supply-chain effects in a Life Cycle perspective.

Mark Howells, Director of CCG, commented: “We know that by offering this training we are building capacity in the Global South. These courses have been downloaded over 80,000 times so there is clearly a demand. We would like to say a sincere thank you to our partner organizations who have developed these courses for us to make available on a free, open-source basis. Their support enables countries in the Global South to move closer to practical, investable projects that will deliver clean energy and sustainable growth for their economies.”

All of the CCG OpenLearn collection of courses can be found here.

[Photo by Nataliya Vaitkevich]