CSD-15 Learning Centre
Climate Policy Assessment with Asia-Pacific Integrated Model (AIM)


April 30, 2007 (Monday)
Conference Room B, United Nations Headquarters, New York

1. The course objective

There are two main objectives of the course. The first is to communicate the architecture of future scenarios for reducing greenhouse gas emissions by aligning sustainable development policies. The second is to explain the use of AIM modeling tools to assess the scenarios and delineate strategies for aligning actions which deliver co-benefits for sustainable development and low carbon future. The course will demonstrate how to develop scenarios, use strategic databases and operate the AIM tools using examples from national case studies developed under the Asia-Pacific Environmental Innovation Strategy (APEIS) Project.

2. The course material

(1) Introduction of scenario development methodologies (PDF/613KB)

by Mikiko Kainuma

Scenarios are visions of a future society and economy based on past trends and current status. However, in order to achieve the goals of a low-carbon society and sustainable development, innovative trend-breaking technologies and countermeasures must be deployed. What are the potential trend-breaking options for reducing CO2 emissions which can also contribute to sustainable development? Case studies of scenario development and modeling are introduced to illustrate how to address this question.

(2) How to align actions to address climate change with national sustainable development goals? (PDF/3,467KB)

by P. R. Shukla

Aligning sustainable development and climate change actions can reduce the economic burden and facilitate the transition to a low-carbon society. In the near-term, the greenhouse gas emissions mitigation actions can deliver multiple dividends if aligned with the Millennium Development Goals. In the long-run though, the climate stabilization will require significant social and technological innovations. Indian case studies illustrate how to mainstream the development, transfer and deployment of low carbon technologies within national sustainable development policies.

(3) Instruction of AIM modeling tools and Strategic Database (PDF/1,586KB)

by Maho Takimi

The AIM modeling tools and strategic database have been used to quantify scenarios and analyze climate policy options in several countries. A set of AIM tools and methods are presented with instruction of how these tools are used to assess the technical and market potentials of a variety of technology and policy options to realize a low-carbon society.

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