SSG launches CityInSight: our new energy, emissions & finance model for cities and towns at COP21, Paris

The Canadian climate change and urban planning consultancy SSG launched CityInSight: an open source energy, emissions and finances model for cities, at COP21 in Paris this week.

“Cities are demonstrating the will to take on energy and emissions challenges. CityInSight enables cities to rigorously explore the impact of policies and investments on the transition to a low or zero carbon future, “ said Yuill Herbert, Director at SSG.

CityInSight is a sophisticated model with integrated spatially-explicit land-use and transportation components, and stocks-and-flows accounting. It analyses the impact of land-use and policy scenarios on energy, emissions and their associated financial and employment metrics. You can listen to the recording of the seminar we held in Le Bourget, at COP21 on 2nd December. (It starts 1:30 minutes in, and make sure your volume is turned up high..) 

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CityInSight: a preview of our new energy, emissions and finance model

SSG and whatIf? technologies gave a preview of the new energy, GHG and finance model, CityInSight that will be officially launched at COP21 in Paris on 2nd December.
SSG has partnered with whatIf? Technologies, an international leader in simulation modelling, to increase the sophistication, scope and capabilities of GHGProof in a new model – CityInSight. CityInSight also incorporates the Global GHG Protocol for Cities, a GHG accounting framework launched as the new global standard by the World Resources Institute, ICLEI, C40, UN Habitat and others at the UN Conference of the Parties in Lima in 2014.

Here is the recording of the session and more details about and application of the model in our pilot City Moncton, will be published soon!

There will be another round of this webinar in January, so do attend if you have questions.

Webinar: Innovative ways to finance climate change and energy initiatives in municipalities.

Yuill was asked to join this panel for the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) to share innovative ways to finance climate change and energy initiatives in municipalities.

The panel was on: Developing and financing actions or strategies to achieve community energy and emission plans (CEEPs); evaluating the economic and employment impacts of a CEEP.

Innovative financing tools have boosted local climate change and energy initiatives in many Canadian municipalities. Using alternatives to traditional mechanisms, these municipalities have found flexible ways to implement programs in a cost-effective and practical manner. In a recent webinar, PCP members heard about the City of Nelson’s EcoSave energy retrofit program that encourages improvements to household energy efficiency. Other examples include the City of Yellowknife and the District of Saanich, and their approaches to establishing capital reserves and carbon funds as a dedicated revenue source for municipal energy initiatives.

Joining Yuill were: Ryan Schmidt, Manager, Energy and Solid Waste, Township of Langley, BC
 and Gabriella Kalapos, Executive Director, Clean Air Partnership

You can watch and listen here:
https://cullbridge.adobeconnect.com/_a782512023/p6pg344151h/?launcher=false&fcsContent=true&pbMode=normal