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The EMP-E'21 Contributions and Skills Workshops Resources

Improving Demand-side Modelling to Inform Ambitious Climate Policies in the European Union

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and related administrative burden, WHY’s intended 2021 Summer School could not take place as a traditional, physical course on the University of Deusto campus. Just like everyone else in Europe, we decided to offer an online alternative:  WHY organised an interactive, online learning-based workshop series as a supplementary addition to the annual Energy Modelling Platform for Europe (EMP-E) Conference. This “WHY Skills Workshop” idea was developed to offer hands-on skills training for aspects of energy systems models to appeal to students and current energy modellers alike.

Day 1 was “Policies and Targets” for 2030, 2050, environmental policies and post-COVID recovery, Day 2 focused on “Linking Sectors and Technologies” to integrate the building sector, smart technology, digitalisation input and technological diffusion and Day 3 tackled “Modelling-specific issues” such as promoting transparency, collaboration, and capturing social and behavioural change in models.

WHY was represented at the parallel session with two contributions related the components of the WHY Toolkit and the Causal Model. Both presentations are available for download in PDf format at our "Resources" section.

Nine skills workshops were developed for the EMP-E to provide further interactive expertise to participants. Divided into the three tracks: “Introduction to ESMs”, “Advanced modelling techniques”, and “Quality aspects”, the skill workshops ranged from technical skills like
programming energy system models, business model development, to scenario design, social engagement and behavioural outcomes. These 90-minute skills workshops complemented the EMP-E’s 2021 programme, occurring after the opening day sessions and kicking off the morning sessions on the second and third days.

Our Skills workshops themes:

  • Energy System Models: Basic Principles and Concepts
  • High Resolution Times Series Processing
  • How To Set up a Scenario for Energy System Modelling
  • Technical possibilities vs. Economic Feasibility: Viable business models for innovative technologies – a modeller’s approach
  • Communicate and Inspire: How to convince with a pitch
  • How to Model Citizens’ Behaviour

All Skills Workshops were recorded and are available via Youtube, a number of the presentations are available as PDF download at our Resources section.