Energy Modeling Platform for Africa (EMP-A)



Energy Modeling Platform for Africa (EMP-A)

EMP-A is a collaboration of several institutions led by the African Center for Climate Policy (ACPC) of ECA

ADDIS-ABEBA, Ethiopia, October 13, 2021 / APO Group / –

EMP-A is an initiative of ECA and the OpTIMUS community aimed at building the critical mass of energy planning experts in African countries to support optimized investments for energy transition to meet the continent’s growing demand for products low carbon, inclusive and climate. resilient development paths, by capitalizing on the continent’s abundant energy resources.

Two cycles of EMP-A have taken place to date – namely EMP-A 2018 at ECA in Addis Ababa and EMP-A 2019 at University of Cape Town in South Africa. The EMP-A program during this period saw increasing participation and resounding calls for more dedicated sessions. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, EMP-A 2020 has been postponed to the current year and as such, EMP-A 2021 will now take place from late November to mid-December 2021.

EMP-A provides a great opportunity to gain free training, access to discussion forums, and coaching skills in models and tools for energy planning needs. While the EMP-A recognizes that different countries and regions in Africa will require context-specific approaches, the overarching goals of the platform are:

bring together the energy planning and modeling community in Africa to share experiences, models and data on climate, land, energy and water systems, support policy coherence through coordination and human and institutional capacities in Africa for integrated energy modeling and investment planning, support the development of centers of excellence for energy planning in Africa and promote efficient and widespread use of open source modeling tools to support the implementation of the SDGs, Paris Agreement and Africa’s Agenda 2063.

EMP-A is a collaboration of several institutions led by the African Climate Policy Center (ACPC) of ECA and including Climate Compatible Growth (CCG), ESMAP, GIZ, IAEA, Imperial College London, IRENA, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Loughborough University, OpTIMUS Community of Practice, Simon Fraser University, UK Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office, UNDESA, UNDP, UN-IDEP, University of Cambridge, University of Oxford and the World Bank Group.

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