EPA: Modeling of Climate Change Mitigation, Impacts and Adaptation

see notice $100,000

Abstract
EPA seeks proposals from eligible entities to advance the state of computable general equilibrium (CGE) modeling of the U.S. economy and integrated assessment modeling of global climate change. A focus of this work is to enhance understanding of climate change impacts and their economic implications to assist decision makers and the public in effectively responding to the economic challenges and opportunities posed by climate change. Another focus is on adaptation to climate change. This funding is intended improve the economy-wide modeling of climate at a disaggregated regional level within the United States, and for many different household types. EPA seeks proposals from entities with the in-house capability to use both an established integrated assessment model (IAM) and an established, disaggregated CGE model of the U.S. The proposal should demonstrate how the capability to run both IAM and CGE models will aid in the goal of representing climate change impacts within the CGE model. EPA is interested in proposals to improve the capabilities of existing CGE models. Applicant’s proposals must demonstrate understanding and expertise in the field of computable general equilibrium modeling and in linking climate impact models, sector mitigation models, and electricity sector dispatch models with CGE models. The proposal must detail the applicant’s plans for model development of and improvement to an existing CGE model.

The applicant must demonstrate the extent to which their existing CGE has the following capabilities and detail how their proposal will enhance the following features:
1. Comprehensive economy-wide modeling capability, with emissions and mitigation of the six major greenhouse gases (i.e., carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4), nitrous oxide (N2O), hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), perfluorocarbons (PFCs), and sulfur hexafluoride (SF6)) linked to specific production sectors, such as the electric power sector, transportation sector, service sectors, etc.
2. Highly disaggregated regionally, capable of representing the economics of climate mitigation and climate impacts in many sub-national regions of the United States.
3. Capability of representing the impacts of international climate policies on the economy of the United States through the modeling of international trade.
4. Highly disaggregated household sector, capable of representing the economics of climate mitigation and climate impacts on many types of households.
5. Capability of linking the economy-wide model to detailed sector models of the electric power sector to represent mitigation opportunities and climate impacts on that sector as well as feedbacks to the rest of the economy.

Additionally, applicants should describe their capability to use comprehensive, integrated modeling and assessment of multiple greenhouse gases (GHGs) and air pollutants, and to also enhance understanding of climate change impacts and their economic implications to assist decision makers and the public to effectively respond to the challenges and opportunities posed by climate change. Applicants’ proposals must demonstrate enhanced understanding of Integrated Assessment Models (IAMs), climate change impacts, and economic valuation techniques. This RFP is intended to support the improvement of existing IAMs. Proposals must utilize an existing IAM that combines both the socio-economic and earth system (atmosphere, land, and ocean) components of climate change at the global and national levels.