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News on KTH-dES research on CLEWs, May 2020

KTH-dES CLEWs-News

                             May 2020

Nexus dialogue in Jordan

The second Nexus Dialogue workshop of the FAO-SIDA project was held in Amman, Jordan, between 11-12th December 2019. About 30 experts from the agriculture, water, energy and environment participated in the two-days workshop analysing results around integrated solutions for sustainable planning in Jordan in the face of critical uncertainties identified in the first Nexus Dialogue.

In the event, the participants conducted hands-on exercises built on preliminary results from the joint water-energy-food modelling effort and ongoing analytical research conducted between KTH-dES and Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI). PhD Candidate Camilo Ramirez and assistant professor Francesco Fuso-Nerini from KTH-dES led the workshop together with researchers from SEI. They shared preliminary results with key decision-makers and stakeholders to assess the appropriateness of the models and possible nexus solutions to increase synergies and create resilience in the country.

The modelling methodology is based on integrating two modelling frameworks namely: The Water Evaluation And Planning (WEAP) model (by SEI) and a GIS-based energy model (by KTH). A final workshop will be delivered later this year to present the final results of the model and open discussions for needed action points to achieve integrated solutions for sustainable planning in Jordan.

A new policy brief from the H2020-DEEDs project

The Horizon2020 project DEEDs (Dialogue on European Decarbonisation Strategies) recently published its recommendations for Research & Innovation for the decarbonisation of Europe across 7 themes in short Policy Briefs. KTH researches led the writing on the Policy Brief on Cities and contributed to the ones on Agriculture and Energy. In each of these, it is highlighted that deep decarbonisation will require a mix of behavioral changes, technological innovations and new forms of governance. For cities and agriculture, it will also be of particular importance to link decarbonisation efforts with climate change adaptation.

Read the policy brief here. The policy briefs on Agriculture, Energy and other sectors are available on deeds.eu/results/.

New publication: a framework for assessing energy projects against the SDGs

 

Energy projects can have impacts on a variety of sustainability dimensions. However, the identification of such interlinkages is both complicated and scattered in the literature. To assess that knowledge, KTH-dES just launched a new open-access tool to evaluate the impact of any energy project on the SDGs Targets: the Sustainable Development Goals Impact Assessment Framework for Energy Projects (SDGs-IAE) for qualitative assessment of SDG target synergies and trade-offs within the context of a given energy project. 

In the open-access publication launching the tool, case studies for the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) and Hinkley Point C power plants are presented. Each case study highlights important SDG target interactions drawn out by this process. The GERD analysis shows the many synergies that result from energy access expansion while also bringing up trade-offs related to transboundary water rights and community relocation. In the case of the HPC, long-term ecosystem impacts of uranium mining and trade-offs related to future climate resilience and energy affordability are identified.

Read the open-access paper here. The SDG-IAE tool is available for download and updated here.

 
Serious Game Workshop - SIM4NEXUS project

An online workshop on the Serious Game of the Nexus of Azerbaijan was held on May 7. The game was developed in the SIM4NEXUS EU-H2020 project and covers the nexus domains of Water, Climate, Energy, Land and Food. The workshop brought together Azerbaijani stakeholders from ministries, industry and academia. The event served to inform local actors on the work developed in the SIM4NEXUS project under the context of the Azerbaijan case study. Participants had the opportunity to play the game and discuss potential policy implications that the Azerbaijan Serious Game, and serious games in general, can provide. The game is available in English and Azerbaijani and it is freely accessible here (Please use Google Chrome).

During the workshop, the game was well perceived as a tool to enable Nexus thinking. Potential users could be policymakers, but also in academia, it could be useful to support learning activities related to systems thinking and the Nexus.

The SIM4NEXUS project envisions the Nexus concept as an integral part of the transition towards a resource-efficient and low-carbon economy. Apart from the Serious Game for Azerbaijan, Serious Games were developed for Greece and Latvia. And more are under development. Find more information on the SIM4NEXUS project here.

The workshop was organised and conducted by Hauke Henke (KTH), Anar Nuriyev (Baku State University), Farhad Mukhtarov (EUR ISS), Eunice Pereira Ramos (KTH) and Agnese Beltramo (KTH).

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KTH-dES (Division of Energy Systems) is a not-for-profit unit within the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Sweden. We rely on external funding and welcome partnerships. For more information please write to clews@desa.kth.se.

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