Information for a Developmental Approach to Mitigation Linking Sectoral and Economy Wide Models for Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Peru and South Africa

"Policy-­makers in developing countries are concerned with charting the development path of their economy and society. Providing information on the potential socio-economic benefits of a transition to a low-carbon society requires improved tools to deliver good information for decision-making. This paper reports on modelling approaches that provide information to answer policy-relevant questions in Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Peru and South Africa. The analysis informs different country contexts: energy-related GHG emissions currently dominate in Chile and South Africa, while those due to agriculture, forestry and land-use (AFOLU) are historically more important in Brazil, Colombia and Peru. The central methodological challenge addressed in this paper is that of linking detailed models of sectors with economy-wide models. Combining the two approaches holds promise of addressing short- and long-term technological change as well as economy-wide interactions; and direct costs and emissions reductions as well as the broader socio-economic implications."