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19 February 2015

Global Calculator forecasting model adds new dimension to climate change debate

The Global Calculator – an online global forecasting model – was simultaneously launched in London and Beijing by the UK Department for Energy & Climate Change (DECC), Climate-KIC and Mott MacDonald on 28 January.  

The video of the London launch explains how data and analysis from more than 150 international experts has been drawn into the modeller, comprising data on land, energy, food and climate systems, to allow users to explore the effects that modifying global production and consumption will have on climate change targets.

Global Calculator is designed to be a debating platform, where organisations can test their views about how we should be tackling climate change in a common environment.

A number of ‘pathways’ show how we could meet international targets to limit global temperature rise to just 2°C by 2100, while allowing for good living standards for the world’s increasing population. One of these has been designed by an interdisciplinary team at Mott MacDonald.

Our pathway focused on efficient use of resources. It shows that a significant carbon reduction can be achieved by delivering supply-side efficiencies, but at a potentially high cost. Minimising energy consumption will be essential to cutting carbon affordably, and that involves behavioural change as well as technological innovation.

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