Using LEAP to achieve Green House Gas (GHG) reduction targets

This case study uses the Low Emissions Analysis Platform (LEAP) Tool to create a model of Vermont to explore scenarios that achieve the Green House Gas (GHG) reduction targets for 2025, 2030 and 2050 set out in the state’s Global Warming Solutions Act.
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This case study is part of the SEI Urban Toolbox for Liveable Cities which has been developed by the SEI Initiative on City Health and Wellbeing. The Urban Toolbox is a collection of tools, developed within SEI or in coordination with SEI, aimed at supporting planning and decision-making for improving the health, well-being and resilience of city residents and urban systems more broadly.

This case study demonstrates how the Low Emissions Analysis Platform (LEAP) Tool can be used to model energy, environmental, and economic analysis to support achieving GHG reduction targets.

Summary

Vermont GHG Reduction Pathways

Working with the Northeast States for Coordinated Air Use Management (NESCAUM), Vermont’s Agency of Natural Resources, and its Department of Public Service, SEI developed a LEAP model of Vermont to explore scenarios that achieve the GHG reduction targets for 2025, 2030 and 2050 set out in the state’s Global Warming Solutions Act.

The resulting LEAP model is available here and can be viewed by anyone using LEAP. Users who wish to explore more deeply (e.g. adjust inputs or calculate results), should obtain the latest versions of LEAP and NEMO (available here). The model is setup to use the commercial CPLEX solver (available separately for purchase), but users can also select one of the other solvers supported by LEAP. We recommend using CBC which is both fast and free.

*Please note, in order to view the links and access information on LEAP, you will need to sign-up to the LEAP website.

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