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What makes a great piece of initial sector research

This is part of a series of "what makes a great.." notes to help people who are interested in copying the 2050 calculator. They are ideals, which the UK calculator may not live up to.

After the energy and emissions system has been split into sectors, the next step is to perform some initial desk based research on the potential for each sector, with the aim of getting a starting point for the subsequent modelling and one page notes.

Great initial sector research:

  1. Is quantitative
  2. Includes different views
  3. Explores why views differ
  4. Notes the key organisations and stakeholders that should be involved later
  5. Is roughly right - if no data is available, estimates based on the techniques outlined in books like "sustainable energy without the hot air" and by analogy with other countries and other technologies.
  6. Results in a first draft of a 'one page note'

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