Drew Jones’ facilitation of the World Energy Simulation with the
Leadership North Carolina Class XXIII engaged leaders from across
sectors in an interactive, thought-provoking and solutions-focused
discussion about strategies and policies to address global climate
change. I think we all walked away with a better understanding of the
complex energy and climate system and hope in our collective ability to
drive a more sustainable future.
The team at Climate Interactive have created a powerful
educational tool in their En-ROADS model. At C2ES, we have experimented
with the simulation both internally and with our Business Environmental
Leadership Council, and the results have been both informative and
illuminating. It is easy to make assumptions about the contribution that
certain sectors, actions or technologies can make to reduce global GHG
concentrations – and this simulation demonstrates in real-time how one’s
assumptions and mental models are not always correct. En-Roads teaches
us that while it is still possible to avoid dangerous climate change,
there are indeed no silver bullets to reach this goal, and we have our
work cut out for us.
-Eileen Claussen, President, Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES)
En-ROADS is useful as a way to influence government, business, and public opinion to think, “Yes, it is possible to keep greenhouse gas concentrations below 450 ppm and temperature increase below two degrees. And if we can come up with plausible scenarios, it could influence decision-makers and mobilize people.
-Alfredo Sirkis, Brazilian Congressman
From a personal perspective, I found the session very useful and
the capability of the model, its speed and ease of use are definitely
beneficial to get the key interdependencies and challenges seen in real
time and so help to stimulate discussion and debate within a group
(especially with a presenter like Drew to chair proceedings). This type
of model is being used more and more by policymakers to get useful
stakeholder engagement on the future direction of the energy system as,
for example, the DECC Pathways calculator attempts for the UK.
Until your course this week, I’d pretty much put the environment out of mind. But with your system dynamics model, I feel that I understand the levers in a deeper way and more structured so that I could explain it to others. That, and seeing the progress we’re making in developing nano and energy technologies that could help to eventually reverse the damage we’ve done, I’m feeling pragmatically optimistic.
-Bruce Pon, Management Consultant and MIT Business Dynamics student