New solutions and policies for modern energy provision

Some 840 million people around the world remain without access to electricity while close to 3 billion people still rely primarily on inefficient and polluting cooking systems, according to a United Nations report.

As the world population and the degree of urbanisation increase, new solutions and policies for modern energy provision are needed. The transition to modern district energy systems could contribute up to 60% of required energy sector emissions reductions by 2050 and reduce primary energy consumption by up to 50%, according to a report launched by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

In addition, marine environments offer concrete opportunities for achieving an affordable and sustainable energy supply to local communities. Due to their vulnerable position in the context of climate change, islands can become leading actors in the energy transition.

Energy technologies at the G-STIC conference

A first selection of market-ready integrated technological solutions

During the conference, we will review and discuss a first selection of market-ready integrated technological solutions for modern energy provision in close interaction with the audience, panel members and keynote speakers. These solutions tackle multiple sustainable development challenges across disciplines and sectors and take the environmental, social and economic dimensions of these challenges into account.

District energy systems

A combination of integrated technologies and advanced decision tools has the potential to achieve a broad change in district energy systems. New intelligent models can help make choices between centralised & decentralised energy supply options or between renovation and demolition, for example. Deep renovation concepts aiming for affordable building refurbishment, new efficient cooling technologies and innovative electrical and thermal energy storage are providing new technological opportunities.

Marine energy

With oceans covering 70% of the earth’s surface, they provide a huge potential for large scale production of renewable energy. Marine energy resources can be contained in waves, tides, or district energy system in off-shore islands. Using technologies for island & remote coastal energy supply, interconnection of independent power grids and movable independent power stations, this energy can be converted into reliable, sustainable and cost-competitive electricity.

Geothermal energy

Geothermal energy, the heat that comes from the sub-surface of the earth, has been a consistent and expanding source of energy in recent years. When the right infrastructure, financial incentives, regulations and legislation are in place, geothermal energy may be one of the technological solutions to provide energy to all in specific regions of the world.

A framework for sustainable energy and climate strategies

Translating long-term strategies into concrete and effective climate measures

Long-term energy and climate strategies need to integrate technologies in a systematic way, and must be adapted to the local context to address other societal and environmental challenges as well as economic development.

Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) are at the heart of the Agenda 2030 and the achievement of the long-term climate goals. NDCs embody efforts by each country to reduce national emissions and adapt to the impacts of climate change, and provide a framework for national long-term energy and climate strategies and planning. But as the guidelines for the development of the NDCs are not very strict, it remains uncertain how they will lead to the uptake of mitigation measures consistent with the national & regional climate goals.

During the G-STIC conference, we will therefore discuss

  • how the development of climate strategies (such as in the NDCs) can be translated into concrete and effective climate measures,
  • and how climate strategies and their measures can be monitored and evaluated to provide concrete, transparent & understandable information.

Bring your perspective to the discussions

Join the semi-plenary session – November 21, 11:00 – 13:00

The semi-plenary session on November 21 will identify and select clusters of market-ready integrated technological solutions to tackle the ‘Energy for all’ societal challenge. During this semi-plenary session, keynote speakers will give an overview of disruptive technologies and decision tools (energy efficiency, renewable generation, short and long term storage, smart networks and management). They will also address how to provide integrated technological solutions to cover the living and comfort needs within local communities and districts. Panel and audience members will give their views and opinions during the subsequent panel discussion on national perspectives on innovative energy technologies.

Keynote speakers

Panel discussion

Expand your knowledge on crucial transition processes

Participate in the deep dives – November 20, 21 & 22

All deep dives will focus on one specific cluster of technological solutions, and discuss the key policy recommendations and actions that are needed to deploy these technological solutions at scale under different socio-economic conditions worldwide.

Integrating sustainable energy strategies in Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs)

November 20, 09:00 – 12:00

Modern district energy solutions

November 21, 14:00 – 16:45

Marine energy

November 21, 17:00 – 18:30

Geothermal energy

November 22, 10:30 – 12:00

Other sessions related to the Energy theme

Water theme: Water-Energy nexus

November 21, 14:00 – 15:20

Check the programme

A library of breakthrough transformative technologies

The process supported by the semi-plenary session and the deep dives is to deliver a living library of breakthrough transformative technologies to tackle the ‘Energy for all’ societal challenge and achieve the energy-related SDGs, illustrated with best practices and inspiring examples. This library is indispensable for policymakers developing Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) roadmaps for the SDGs, while captains of industry can use this library for exploring new business opportunities.

Impact on the Sustainable Development Goals

Addressing societal challenges far beyond energy

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