International Training Seminar on Climate Change policies
(Trends, Modeling – LEAP, Evaluation – AMS)
KEPA premises, Athens, Greece (11 – 15.11.2013)

URGENT: Change of venue
The Seminar will take place at the Kostis Palamas building, Academias 48 & Sina str., Athens.(Map location here )

Brief description

The International Training Seminar on Climate Change policies is a one-week training activity aiming to offer a holistic approach to the problems which policy makers from countries with emerging economies face in fulfilling their needs for such policies. Trainees will get updated on international policy trends, data collection, scenarios development, policy mixture selection with the use of LEAP (and its updated versions) and their assessment with the use of AMS (for climate change policy mixtures). 

LEAP is a software tool for energy policy analysis and climate change mitigation assessment developed in SEI’s (Stockholm Environment Institute) U.S. center. It is a widely-used tool in the world today with over two thousand users in more than 190 countries for energy and environment policy analysis. LEAP has been adopted as the tool of choice by numerous countries wishing to plan their energy systems to meet sustainable development goals. 

The AMS method is a multi-criteria method developed for evaluating climate change policy instruments or policy mixtures, with suitable modification for evaluating their interactions as well. Both LEAP and AMS have been used for the development and assessment of M/A policy portfolios for twelve (12) countries of BSEC and Central Asia.

Organised by KEPA (Energy Policy and Development Centre of National and Kapodistrian University of Athens) in cooperation with the US center of Stockholm Environment Institute in Massachusetts and developer of LEAP (Long-range Energy Alternatives Planning system), the training seminar addresses mainly to policy and decision makers (employees of ministries and agencies, consultants) as well as to researchers from Europe and Asia (Mediterranean, Black Sea and Central Asia region)and will take place in the premises of KEPA (Athens, Hellas) on the second week of November 2013. 

The establishment of this training seminar in an annual base as a knowledge transfer process will keep the policy makers of the countries of the region updated on developing and assessing climate change policy portfolios.


Daily program

D.1 Monday: Climate change policies – Scenarios 

9.00 – 12.30

International policy trends 
Policy instruments
Climate change economics and funding mechanisms
Policy mixtures (structure, tools, options)

14.00 – 17.00 

Scenarios (definition, types)
Key drivers 

D.2 Tuesday: Introduction to LEAP – Database 

9.00 – 12.30

LEAP – basics (I)
Structuring a LEAP tree (II)

14.00 – 17.00 

Structuring the database
Data collection – Energy balances 
Reliability problems
Development of LEAP dataset

D.3 Wednesday: Training in LEAP

9.00 – 12.30

Run scenarios with the use of LEAP (III)
Tuning of dataset

14.00 – 17.00 

AMS – basics (I)

D.4 Thursday: Assessment of M/A policy portfolios

9.00 – 12.30

LEAP results – comments 
Policy portfolios

14.00 – 17.00 

Evaluation of M/A policy portfolios with AMS method (II) – comments 

D.5 Friday: Structuring reports

9.00 – 17.00

Reporting – Contents 
Use of LEAP graphs in a report

Final report


Important Documents

Brochure of the Seminar

Registration form