Medan, Indonesia and Bangkok, Thailand – The USAID Low Emissions Asian Development (LEAD) program conducted two regional workshops in March and April 2014 on using the Long-range Energy Alternatives Planning System (LEAP) software tool for energy policy analysis and greenhouse gas (GHG) mitigation assessment. Government agencies and other organizations in many countries use LEAP to track energy consumption, production and resource extraction in all sectors of an economy, which supports energy policy analysis and climate change mitigation assessment. Dr. Charlie Heaps of the USAID LEAD program and the Stockholm Environment Institute, who developed the LEAP software, led both workshops.
At the first training in Medan, Indonesia during March 25-28, the USAID LEAD program and USAID Indonesia Clean Energy Development (USAID ICED) program brought together 39 participants from Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Laos, Nepal, Thailand, and Viet Nam, to improve application of the LEAP tool at the sub-national (e.g. city) level in Asia. In addition to updates on the LEAP software, participants shared experiences and lessons on mitigation assessments and associated methodologies and models at sub-national levels, and agreed to set up a working group to share information and collaborate on sub-national data in the future.
The second workshop, conducted through the Asian Greenhouse Gas Management Center (AGMC) at the Asian Institute of Technology near Bangkok, focused on establishing a regional community of practice among advanced users of the LEAP tool. Policymakers and experts from India, Indonesia, Nepal, Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam working in the fields of energy policy analysis and GHG mitigation shared best practices on LEAP applications and developed an action plan for further collaboration, capacity building, and knowledge sharing on use of the LEAP tool in Asia.