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KTH secures funding for Climate Compatible Growth

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Participants from a CCG workshop in Kenya about “Whole energy system model” in May 2023. KTH’s Agnese Beltramo and Roberto Heredia lead it together with two colleagues from the University College London.
Published Jan 08, 2024

KTH has secured extended funding for the Climate Compatible Growth (CCG) project*. The collaborative initiative, targeting effective energy sector policies in countries of the global south, has already demonstrated impact in the past. KTH’s role is to lead the CCG Platform and to work on the integrated modelling of climate, land, energy and water systems.

Climate Compatible Growth (CCG)  support developing countries in the Global South to create investment cases that will attract funding for their clean energy infrastructure plans. They do it with partnership, collaboration and empowerment, thanks to funding from UK Aid. Loughborough University, Imperial College and KTH are some of the academic partners.

Supporting the local stakeholders and governments is a key in this project. Together with energy planners on national and county level, the researchers can identify data governance and management systems - that work in their context – and develop robust modelling systems. In the end, the decision makers have a credible basis to make energy policies.

Will Usher , Associate Professor at KTH, leads the CCG Platform and is the PI of CCG:

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Through workshops, CCG empowers local representatives to make their own decisions on energy policies. Image from Kenya.

“Right now, we work with Kenya, Zambia, Laos, Vietnam, India and Ghana, empowering them to make their own decisions on energy policy and the infrastructure projects for which they wish to attract climate finance investment”.

The team of KTH researchers also includes PhD students Agnese Beltramo  and Roberto Heredia , along with Dr. Francesco Gardumi  and Chamindie Senaratne . Their contributions have already yielded significant impacts, such as the development of the first Climate Land Energy and Water systems (CLEWs) model of Kenya. This model, collaboratively created with local government representatives and stakeholders, analyzes the intricate interactions between the energy sector and other resource sectors.

KTH also leads the efforts of open science practices along the project, to support a more transparent process and better governance.

“For developing countries it is crucial to have access to good energy data,” Agnese Beltramo comments. “We assist in creating national data repositories and explore practices for enhanced data access to support better planning and policymaking”.

With the additional funding KTH can steer discussions on the value of open science, support data management solutions, and provide policy-relevant insights for better planning of energy integrated with other sectors in partner countries. They can also continue running the web based CCG Platform.

*Official funding agreements are about to be finalized early 2024.

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