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wholeSEM Whole Systems Energy Modelling Consortium

The whole systems energy modelling consortium (wholeSEM) is a ground breaking multi-institution initiative to develop, integrate and apply state-of-the-art energy models.

Energy models provide essential quantitative insights into the 21st Century challenges of decarbonisation, energy security, energy equity, and cost-effectiveness. Models provide the integrating language and framework that assists energy policy makers – focusing at different scales and time periods – to make improved decisions and trade-offs in conditions of pervasive uncertainty. Whole systems energy modelling also has a central role in helping energy supply companies to make technical and economic decisions with regard to future energy technologies and infrastructure, as well as in the assessment of the potential role of societal and behavioural change.

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Experts gather at the IEA to give strategic direction on energy and development

Experts gather at the IEA to give strategic direction on energy and development

21 April 2017

wholeSEM RA Francesco Fuso Nerini participated and helped organise this special event at the International Energy Agency (IEA) bringing together over 100 experts from 30 countries from governments, business, academia and the finance ...
Formalised guidance comes at critical time as Energy System Optimisation Models used to inform climate policy

Formalised guidance comes at critical time as Energy System Optimisation Models used to inform climate policy

14 March 2017

Researchers have drawn on their collective modelling experience, lead by wholeSEM fellow Joe DeCarolis, to produce a guide for bottom-up energy systems modelling.
UK to fail to meet Paris Agreement unless emissions more rapidly cut, research suggests

UK to fail to meet Paris Agreement unless emissions more rapidly cut, research suggests

The UK is set to fail to meet the Paris Agreement’s climate objectives unless Government cuts emissions far more rapidly than currently planned, UCL research suggests.
How buyer's regret costs us £25 billion every year

How buyer's regret costs us £25 billion every year

A wholeSEM paper from Ecological Economics has been cited in an article on the Mail Online.
Achieving climate targets may require additional investments of £35bn–£80bn

Achieving climate targets may require additional investments of £35bn–£80bn

A new wholeSEM paper ‘Investment appraisal of cost-optimal and near-optimal pathways for the UK electricity sector transition to 2050’ by Francis Li and Evelina Trutnevyte E. (2017) has been published in Applied Energy.
Call for PhD Students to Present at wholeSEM 4th Annual Conference

Call for PhD Students to Present at wholeSEM 4th Annual Conference

Are you a PhD student?

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What should the UK's climate targets be in the post-Paris Agreement era?

What should the UK's climate targets be in the post-Paris Agreement era?

28 June 2017

The United Kingdom was the first country to sign binding emissions reduction targets into law in 2008, and has been a strong proponent of global action on climate change for the last decade.
Energy Pathways under Deep Uncertainty: What do Decision Makers Really Think is Important?

Energy Pathways under Deep Uncertainty: What do Decision Makers Really Think is Important?

30 March 2017

The Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) and the Whole Systems Energy Modelling consortium (wholeSEM) are inviting participants to a 2 hour workshop on the ETI's latest research collaboration with the UCL Energy Institute.
Annual Conference July 2017: The Past, Present and Future of Energy Modelling

Annual Conference July 2017: The Past, Present and Future of Energy Modelling

03 - 04 July 2017

Please save the date for our innovative 4th annual conference with keynote speaker John Loughhead Chief Scientific Adviser at Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy
wholeSEM Stakeholder Event: Top Down Integration Project - Challenging the Feasibility and Key Elements of a Long Term Decarbonisation Pathway

wholeSEM Stakeholder Event: Top Down Integration Project - Challenging the Feasibility and Key Elements of a Long Term Decarbonisation Pathway

30 November 2016

Models are often relied upon by policy makers to provide evidence that informs the decision-making process. But what kind of evidence is needed? How is uncertainty communicated? And based upon what assumptions?
BIEE Oxford Research Conference: Innovation and Disruption: the energy sector in transition

BIEE Oxford Research Conference: Innovation and Disruption: the energy sector in transition

21 - 22 September 2016


How will innovation transform the energy sector in the next 5-10 years?

Join Professor Neil Strachan and members of the wholeSEM consortium at BIEE’s 11th Oxford research conference for two days of ...
Annual Conference 2016: Energy Modelling Insights for Iterative Decision Making

Annual Conference 2016: Energy Modelling Insights for Iterative Decision Making

04 - 05 July 2016

Our 3rd Annual Conference combines our strands of thinking that try to model the future energy pathways under uncertainty where the demands of policy makers and indeed the framing of the issues are ...