Advancing Participatory Energy Systems Modelling

23 Pages Posted: 13 Jul 2023

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Connor McGookin

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Diana Süsser

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Georgios Xexakis

HOLISTIC P.C.

Evelina Trutnevyte

University of Geneva

Will McDowall

University College London

Alexandros Nikas

National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) - Energy Policy Unit

Sheridan Few

University of Leeds

Per Anderson

Technical University of Denmark

Brian O'Gallachoir

University College Cork

Fionn Rogan

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Abstract

Energy system models are important tools to guide our understanding of current and future carbon dioxide emissions as well as to inform strategies for emissions reduction. Through scenario analyses, these models offer a vital evidence base that increasingly underpins energy and climate policies in many countries. In light of this important role in policy formation, there is growing interest in, and demands for, energy modellers to integrate more diverse perspectives on possible and preferred futures into the modelling process. The main purpose of this is to ensure that the resultant policy decisions are both fairer and better reflect people’s concerns and preferences. However, while there has been a focus in the literature on efforts to bring societal dimensions into modelling tools, there remains a limited number of examples of well-structured participatory energy systems modelling processes and no available how-to guidance. This paper addresses this gap by providing good practice guidance for integrating stakeholder and public involvement in energy systems modelling based on the reflections of a diverse range of experts from this emergent field. The framework outlined in this paper offers multiple entry points for modellers to incorporate participatory elements either throughout the process or in individual stages. Recognising the messiness of both fields (energy systems modelling and participatory research), the good practice principles pose important questions to steer this process. Finally, the reflections on key issues provide a summary of the crucial challenges and important areas for future research in this critical field. The further development of communities of practice such as those focusing on innovative approaches to participatory energy systems modelling is an important way for research to support the transition to a climate neutral future in a fair and just manner.

Keywords: energy systems modelling, Participatory research, energy policy, Transdisciplinarity, Energy system models

Suggested Citation

McGookin, Connor and Süsser, Diana and Xexakis, Georgios and Trutnevyte, Evelina and McDowall, Will and Nikas, Alexandros and Few, Sheridan and Anderson, Per and O'Gallachoir, Brian and Rogan, Fionn, Advancing Participatory Energy Systems Modelling. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4509315 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.4509315

Connor McGookin (Contact Author)

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Diana Süsser

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Georgios Xexakis

HOLISTIC P.C. ( email )

Mesogeion Avenue 507
Athens
Greece

Evelina Trutnevyte

University of Geneva ( email )

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Genève, CH - 1205
Switzerland

Will McDowall

University College London ( email )

Gower Street
London, WC1E 6BT
United Kingdom

Alexandros Nikas

National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) - Energy Policy Unit ( email )

Athens
Greece

Sheridan Few

University of Leeds ( email )

Leeds, LS2 9JT
United Kingdom

Per Anderson

Technical University of Denmark ( email )

Anker Engelunds Vej 1
Building 101A
Lyngby, 2800
Denmark

Brian O'Gallachoir

University College Cork ( email )

5 Bloomfield Terrace Western Road
Cork
Ireland

Fionn Rogan

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