“Prospective modelling is key to urban decarbonisation”
TECNALIA organised a workshop for energy modelling experts together with CIEMAT and the University of Castilla-La Mancha
The annual MENTES Network workshop gathered energy modelling experts with the theme Energy Transition, an Opportunity for Economic Recovery. It addressed several challenges in the decarbonisation of the energy system.
The event was presented by Lucia Blanco, Deputy Director to the Assistant Director-General for Energy Prospective, Strategy and Regulation of the Ministry of Ecological Transition and Demographic Challenge (MITERD) and responsible for the TIMES-Sinergia model. Experts then discussed the scientific, technological, industrial and social challenges of decarbonisation of the energy system.
Our colleague Iñigo Muñoz Mateos explained the need to align the decarbonisation objectives and measures on an urban level with the national and regional objectives, influencing the crucial use of prospective analysis tools, such as the modelling of simulation and optimisation energy systems.
The workshop included a World Café in which participants identified interesting themes and challenges on different levels: the needs of different types of modelling (economic, energy, environmental, social) as well as how to address future issues that are important to society, such as crisis scenarios, decline, deployment of new technologies, hydrogen economy, design of tax mechanisms, etc.