Event will bring together academia, government, private sector, and NGOs to exchange experiences among groups that study the subject; registration can now be made and it is free

Next January 30, RCGI – FAPESP-SHELL Research Center for Gas Innovation will hold a workshop on modeling and simulating scenarios for the emission of greenhouse gases in Brazil’s energy sector. The event will take place in the city of São Paulo, on the premises of the Polytechnical School of the University of São Paulo (Poli-USP), for the purpose gathering representatives of from academia, government, private sector, and Non Governmental Organizations (NGO), in order to optimize the exchange of knowledge in this area.

RCGI is a center for excellence for natural gas sponsored by the São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP) and by Shell. Among the 29 projects being developed by the Center is the Brazilian Greenhouse Gas Inventory and Scenarios for Emissions Reductions Related to Natural Gas, that is, Project 23, which focuses on modeling and simulating the emissions from several energy sources, especially natural gas. For instance, the simulations make it possible to foresee what would happen if all of the diesel-powered buses were exchanged for a fleet running on natural gas.

“At the last Climate Conference, in Paris, Brazil committed to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions by 37% by 2025, and 43% by 2030. In light of this challenge, it is essential that reliable scenarios be outlined, which can be used as parameters in formulating public policies,” points out Ricardo Esparta, one of the coordinators of RCGI’s Project 23. “The workshop will be a great opportunity to improve the exchange between institutions interested in the subject,” he added.

To that end, Esparta invited the representatives from the government, academia, the private sector, and also the third sector. “We called upon Ireland’s University College Cork, COPPE/UFRJ, Energy Research Company (EPE), the São Paulo State Department of Mining and Energy, Shell, Comgás, and such NGOs as the Climate Observatory, and the World Resources Institute (WRI),” the Professor said. He will likely suggest that the participants sign a protocol for exchanging experiences among the several groups in attendance.

The event will have presentations by seven experts from Brazil and abroad. One of them will be Professor Brian Ó Gallachóir, from University College Cork, who is Chairman of the International Energy Agency (IEA)’s Executive Committee of the Energy Technology Systems Analysis Programme (ETSAP). The ETSAP/IEA methodology leads the worldwide roll of solutions with an open source for modeling scenarios. Its collaboration program includes 18 member countries, the European Commission, and two other sponsoring companies.

“Project 23 will begin using one of the tools of this agency, the VEDA-TIMES platform that has the advantage of being a software used by a number of projects that work with modeling, the world over, and that makes it possible to answer questions, via network, coming from the community of users, which is very dynamic,” says Esparta. “From January 31 to February 2, a closed training session will be held for 25 participants, on how to use the platform,” he added.

Service: The workshop will be held on January 30, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., in the amphitheater of the Metallurgical and Materials Engineering area of the Polytechnical School. Registration and the complete schedule can be found on the site: http://www.rcgi.poli.usp.br/events-2016/121-workshop-em-modelagem-e-simulacao-de-cenarios-de-longo-prazo-no-setor-de-energia-e-emissoes-de-gases-de-efeito-estufa-associadas-no-brasil/