UK Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
The 2050 Calculator programme aims to support developing countries to make their policy development process more evidence-based and transparent. The programme has supported 10 governments to build open-source, interactive 2050 Calculator energy models, with the help of stakeholders, that instantly show the impacts and opportunities of different development paths. The Calculators are now having an impact on policy. For example, India, Colombia, Vietnam and Nigeria used theirs in the formulation of their INDCs. They are also being used to engage stakeholders and the public in the climate debate. The programme is funded by the International Climate Fund.
As it is open source, other countries can develop their own Calculator projects for free, accessing the online guidance.
The programme is not currently open to applications for support from new countries.
Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
There was no formal application procedure, but countries were approached and projects proposals drawn up collaboratively.
The methodology and code are all open source, so other countries are welcome to use the online guidance and develop their own 2050 Calculator model. A few developing countries have done this already, outside of the formal ICF programme.
As the initiative is a small programme funded by the International Climate Fund, business cases are signed off by the head of International Climate Change and the Secretary of State. The project has been managed by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (now the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy), who provided training, guidance and funding to the Calculator teams in other countries.
As an ICF project, the programme completes an annual review, and an annual results collection process. These monitor progress against the programme's theory of change, and the extent to which the programme has produced transformational change.
Countries were originally selected based on their size, emissions reduction potential, assessment of their ability to complete the work (data availability, but more importantly capacity of local team), and their interest in taking the work forward.