Modeling Tools and E-Learning: MACTool
What is MACTool?
The Marginal Abatement Cost Tool (MACTool) is a transparent, flexible software tool which provides an easy way for building marginal abatement cost curves, and for calculating break-even carbon prices. The user-friendly interface guides users through a simple data entry process, which simplifies a typically laborious process.
What does MACtool do?
There is a growing demand for low-carbon planning support as governments work towards reducing greenhouse gas emissions and improve energy security. The tool aims to help governments answer the following questions:
Among available mitigation options, which will be the most efficient and cost-effective?
What are the potential results associated with each option?
What does it cost to implement each option?
MACTool helps policymakers compare the costs and benefits of emission reduction options that can be used to build low-carbon scenarios at a national or sub-national level. It provides a cost-benefit comparison of these options and an estimate of the incentives needed to make these options attractive for the private sector by calculating break-even carbon prices. It also enables governments to assess the total investment needed to shift towards low carbon growth. MACTool can also be used to test the possibility of a domestic cap and trade system, by exploring which sectors would most likely to respond to a given carbon price.
MACTool builds a reference scenario and low carbon scenarios for each individual low-carbon option. It allows users to schedule investments for low carbon alternatives along the planning period. It calculates the differential in emissions, investments, costs and revenues between the scenarios, and generates customized curves that make it easy to visualize options.
What other countries have implemented MACTool?
Brazil, Macedonia, Romania, South Africa, Ukraine and Vietnam have implemented or are currently implementing MACTool as part of Beta testing.
Is MACTool available for Download?
A fully functional version of MACTool is now ready for download. However, we do request that users send us feedback on their experience using the tool. You will be using the tool at your own risk and no support is available.
For more information about the MACTool, please email Mr. Pedzi Makumbe at firstname.lastname@example.org.