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Charlie is a senior scientist in SEI's Climate and Energy Program. He also served as Center Director from 2006 to 2014.
Charlie is the developer of LEAP: the Long-range Energy Alternatives Planning System developed at SEI, a leading energy and environmental planning tool used in hundreds of organizations and dozens of countries worldwide.
For about 20 years, Charlie has worked around the world conducting workshops, undertaking energy studies and providing training and assistance to users of LEAP. He also manages COMMEND, a web-based community for energy planners in developing countries.
In addition to developing LEAP, Charlie has developed a range of other software tools and websites for energy and environmental planning, including GreenTrips (a web-based tool for households to plan their transport emissions), and IDENTIFY (a spreadsheet-based tool for industrial climate mitigation project planning developed for UNIDO).
Charlie has also been a major contributor to the development of other SEI software tools, including WEAP and PoleStar.Charlie received a Ph.D. from the Centre for Environmental Technology, Imperial College, London in 1990.
Recent Publications by Charlie Heaps
An integrated assessment of water-energy and climate change in Sacramento, California: How strong is the nexus?
Climatic Change, online July 14, 2015Author(s): Dale, L.L. ; Purkey, D. ; Heaps, C. ; Sieber, J. ; Karali, N.; Millstein, D.; Carnall, M.; Vicuña, S.; Borchers, N.; Bustos, E.; O'Hagan, J.; Collins, W.D.; Sohn, M.D.
SEI Research Synthesis Brief, Reducing Climate Risk themeAuthor(s): Davis, M. ; Heaps, C. ; Lazarus, M. ; Erickson, P. ; Johnson, F.X.; Nilsson, M.
Research Area(s): Climate Mitigation PolicyDescription:
Avoiding dangerous climate change requires ambitious actions to sharply reduce greenhouse gas emissions. SEI works to inform, support and advise decision-makers and civil society on ways to achieve these reductions and build a low-carbon future – including the role of bioenergy. SEI's research on climate mitigation is broad and diverse, with significant contributions to both the scientific community and policy discourses around the world. We have also built tools and analytical frameworks to explore the options, from the global to the local level, and we work to build capacity for mitigation planning and analysis. This brief, part of a series synthesizing SEI research from 2009 to 2013, presents three key insights from our work, an overview of major projects and publications, and a look at new and ongoing work as well as future research pathways.
SEI ReportAuthor(s): Nilsson, M. ; Heaps, C. ; Persson, Å; Carson, M.; Pachauri, S.; Kok, M.; Olsson, M.; Rehman, I.; Schaeffer, R.; Wood, D.; van Vuuren, D.; Riahi, K.; Americano, B.; Mulugetta; Y.
Report published by SEI in partnership with Friends of the Earth Europe.Author(s): Heaps, C. ; Erickson, P. ; Kartha, S. ; Kemp-Benedict, E.
Paper presented at Mid-term Review Meeting of the China Economics of Climate Change Initiative.Author(s): Heaps, C.