The Center for Energy and Environmental Economics (CENERGIA), created in 2002, is an integrated research laboratory of the COPPE/UFRJ’s Energy Planning Program (PPE).
CENERGIA’s mission is to develop applied research and disseminate innovative knowledge about the complex interactions of the energy sector with the socioeconomic development and the global and local environmental dimensions. Applying pioneering energy planning modeling tools, CENERGIA’s work supports energy and climate policymakers in understanding the synergies and conflicts associated with the technological innovation for a transition to a low carbon economy in Brazil, Latin America and the world
CENERGIA has been working intensively with integrated models of energy and environmental optimization, especially with the MESSAGE-Brazil model since 2003, and more recently with the national models TIMES-Brazil and REMIX-CEM-B, and the global models COFFEE (Computable integrated Framework for Energy and the Environment) and TEA (Total-Economy integrated Assessment Model, a computable general equilibrium model).
Over time, these integrated assessment models (IAMs) have been improved and adapted to better represent the energy and land use sectors of Brazil, Latin America and the world, incorporating more than 8,000 technological options of energy supply and demand and their interactions with economic development, climate change, air pollution, water consumption and changes in land use.
In addition, the IAMs developed in CENERGIA are integrated with specific models adapted and/or created in the laboratory, such as the CAESAR refining model, for example, or even with other tools prepared for life cycle analysis, process analysis, carbon capture facilities assessment, concentrated solar energy, PV, etc.