Open Decarbonization

Open Source Models to Inform Action

Although the necessity to transition to a carbon-free economy is broadly acknowledged, we have no shared understanding of the feasibility, reliability, and economic rationales for pathways to cut greenhouse gas emissions to zero and even make them negative.

Models can help us explore what everyday life without emissions could look like, and how alternative technological pathways might perform. In this session, leading modelers will discuss an initiative to make their cutting-edge models more accessible to decision-makers, particularly in developing countries, by lowering barriers to their application and generating unified comparable scenarios for broader public review, discussion, and further research.

Watch the two panels on:

  • The role of open-source energy models in climate policy
  • Open energy models: the current state and the way to reduce barriers to modern modeling approaches.


  • Oleg Lugovoy, Senior Economist, Environmental Defense Fund


  • Suzi Kerr, Chief Economist, Environmental Defense Fund
  • Tom Brown, Research Group Leader, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology - Germany
  • Joe DeCarolis, Professor, North Carolina State University
  • Mathias Fripp, Associate Professor, University of Hawaii
  • Jesse Jenkins, Assistant Professor, Princeton University
  • Taco Niet, Assistant Professor, Simon Fraser University - Canada
  • Balachandra Patil, Chief Research Scientist, Indian Institute of Science
  • Michael Roberts, Professor, University of Hawaii
  • Germán David Romero, Despacho Del Viceministro Técnico - Colombia
  • Andrés Pica Téllez, Director, UC Global Change Center - Chile