September 25 - 29, 2011, Dubrovnik, Croatia
SDEWES
SPECIAL SESSIONS
SPECIAL SESSION: Geopolitics of Climate Change
Draft schedule:
Monday, September 26 @14:00 (ROOM B)
Monday, September 26 @17:00 (ROOM A)

Session resume:

In a globalised world, climate change, population trends, food security, energy supply, use of water, of land and of ecosystems are interconnected. As the world experiences a shift of global power to emerging economies, in particular China, the geopolitical implications of climate change are of prime interest. They find their expression in the positions of the major players, and the related issues and processes. The failure of the Copenhagen climate summit 2009 revealed clearly the divergent positions of major players – the US, EU, Russia, China, other emerging economies, oil producing countries, and least developed countries - with regard to limiting anthropogenic emissions of greenhouse gases (GHG). A thorough root-cause analysis of this divergence is still missing, as it would need to address, next to economics and power politics, other aspects including historical. As it seems now most unlikely that global warming can be limited to 2 °C above pre-industrial levels, adaptation to elevated temperatures and to their regional consequences, becomes an urgent matter.

Geopolitics examines the political, economic and strategic significance of geographic space. With respect to climate change, a relevant factor is that planetary warming does not, and will not have a uniform effect over the entire globe. But the regional variation of the physical factors is only a part of the story. Geographic distribution of a Global Climate Vulnerability Index, when applied to water, has been calculated on the basis of several impact factors, including geospatial, resource quantification, accessibility and property rights, capacity of people and institutions, utilization, and ecological integrity and maintenance (see “Guidance on Water and Adaptation to Climate Change”, UNECE, Geneva 2010). Similar analyses could address other resources, such as land-use, food, and shipping. There are numerous regional examples of geopolitical linkage between energy, climate and water issues. Climate change in the Arctic is occurring at an unprecedented rate, thus leading to the viability of large-scale shipping, and of hydrocarbon exploration and exploitation. Extended continental shelf claims have been submitted by riparian countries. Thawing of permafrost may release significant amounts of the greenhouse gas methane. In the river basins of Central and South East Asia fed from the Himalaya watershed, 75-80% of river runoff is derived from glaciers and permafrost. Retreating glaciers and changing precipitation patterns increase water supply volatility (“droughts and floods”) that affects the lives of millions, and the geopolitics.

Prof. Branko Bosnjakovic
UN Economic Commission for Europe (retired)
Geneve, Switzerland
Branko Bosnjakovic is titular Professor of Environmental Management at the Faculty of Engineering, University of Rijeka, Croatia. He has a scientific, management and policy advisory background and experience on various aspects of environmentally sustainable transition and development. His specific interest included radiation protection, industrial risk management, transboundary water protection and management, renewable energy systems and geopolitics. He has been actively involved for more than 30 years in various aspects of international and transboundary environmental management, both as academic researcher, official in governmental and intergovernmental organisations, manager and international consultant. His former appointments include: Regional Adviser on Environment, UN Economic Commission for Europe, Geneva, Switzerland (1994-2001), providing policy and legal advice to authorities in more than 20 countries in transition (Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union) on environmental matters and sustainable development; Adviser, WHO European Centre on Environment and Health, Bilthoven, the Netherlands (1993-1994); Manager (Development, Outreach, Planning), Regional Environmental Centre for Central and Eastern Europe (REC), Budapest, Hungary (1991-1993); Senior Policy Adviser and Programme Manager, Ministry of Environmental Protection, Housing and Physical Planning, The Netherlands (1975-1991); various research positions in Germany, the Netherlands and Switzerland (1965-1975). He has been consultant to several international organisations, including the European Commission, OSCE, UNDP, UNEP, UNESCO, and WHO.
Dr. Bosnjakovic is a native of Zagreb (Croatia) and a resident of Switzerland, with a dual Dutch and Croatian citizenship. He holds academic degrees from the universities in Goettingen (Germany) and Utrecht (the Netherlands). He was a member of the International Non-Ionising Radiation Committee of the International Radiation Protection Association (IRPA) from 1979 to 1992. He has been a member of the International Board of the Avalon Foundation (for sustainable agriculture in countries in transition) since 1992 until 2009, and of the Commission on Education and Communication of the World Conservation Union (IUCN) since 1995. Since 1998 he has been a Honorary Associate of the Centre for Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy, University of Dundee (Scotland, UK).
SPECIAL SESSION: Research and Governance for Sustainability - New Approaches (on the occasion of 80th birthday of Ivo Šlaus)
Draft schedule:
Monday, September 26 @14:00 (ROOM F)
Monday, September 26 @17:00 (ROOM F)

Session resume:

Intertwinning research and governance is necessary for achieving sustainable development. The session will be devoted to the analysis, measurement and assessment of activities increasing human, social and natural capital assuring sustainable development. In this session we primarily aim to address the opportunities for a synergy between research and governance for sustainable solutions to contemporary problems. This session invites innovative ideas in energy, climate, demography, economy and governance, which would assure economic development, social cohesion and environmental sustainability in the emerging global sustainable knowledge-based society. This session, organized in cooperation with The Club of Rome - European Support Centre and National Associations and the World Academy of Art and Science – South East European Division will study the aspects of opportunities in research and governance for sustainable solutions.

The session is planned as follows:

  • Theoretical approaches to sustainability with a focus on intertwinning scientific research and governance;
  • Innovative ideas in energy, climate, demography, economy and governance, both on Earth and in space;
  • Opportunities for long term change toward sustainable knowledge society in research and governance.

Prof. Aleksander Zidanšek
Jozef Stefan International Postgraduate School
Ljubljana, Slovenia
Aleksander Zidanšek is Associate Professor of Physics and a researcher at Jozef Stefan Institute, Director of International Center for Sustainable Development and Secretary General of the Jozef Stefan International Postgraduate School. Dr. Zidanšek holds Ph.D. in Physics and Master Degrees in Physics and Business Administration, with specialization in sustainable development management. Prof. Zidanšek is active in both solid state experimental physics and in research of renewable energy sources, in particular for applications in multifunctional devices. He has been involved in a number of national and international research and education projects in solid state physics and in sustainable development, most recently in networks Tenvors and Train to LA21. He received a Fulbright Grant for research at Montana State University with Prof. V. H. Schmidt in 1995/1996. He became associate member of tt30 in 2001 and associate member of the Club of Rome in 2005 (www.clubofrome.org).
Prof. Robert Blinc
Institute Jozef Stefan
Ljubljana, Slovenia
Robert Blinc is Professor of Physics and researcher at Jožef Stefan Institute and Dean of the Jožef Stefan International Postgraduate School. Dr. Blinc holds Ph.D. in Physics and is active in solid state experimental physics and in sustainable development. He has published more than 660 scientific papers and has more than 13000 citations. He has been a visiting professor to University of Washington in Seattle, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais in Belo Horizonte, ETH Zürich, University of Vienna, and Adjunct Professor at University of Utah in Salt Lake City. He is also member of the World Academy of Art and Science, Academia Europaea and many other academies. He was President of the Societe AMPERE 1986-1994, European Steering Committee on Ferroelectricity 1986-1999, and Committee for Sustainable Development, Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts since 1999. He is also Past Vice-President of Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Past President of JSI Scientific Council, and President of Slovenian Association for the Club of Rome since 2000.
SPECIAL SESSION: Modeling of Energy Systems related to Climate Change for Sustainable Development
Draft schedule:
Monday, September 26 @14:00 (ROOM C)

Session resume:

World\'s energy system is unsustainable for current global trends in energy supply and consumption. Climate change also represents a fundamental challenge for global sustainable development. Our knowledge of energy systems and climate change mitigation, combined with a computing technology, allows modeling of these systems. This session welcomes papers dedicated to three main thematic areas:

  • Modelling of energy systems related to climate change: Modeling of energy systems, including conventional and renewable energy sources; modeling near- and medium-term energy supplies, demands, and prices; modeling of energy demand side, e.g. electricity, heating and transport; integration of variable renewables like wind power, biomass, hydrogen into the energy system; integration of demand side in energy system models – saving, improvement of energy efficiency and flexible demand; energy system optimization models, etc.
  • Climate change modeling: Modeling climate system to simulate global climate and regional climate; modeling long-term climate change for given various greenhouse gas emission reduction rates; modeling seasonal and longer term climate variations; modeling rapid climate changes, etc
  • Integrated modeling: Integrated modeling of energy systems, air pollution, environmental and economic impacts and climate change; the impacts of energy production and use on climate and the impacts of a changing climate on our future energy; projections for emissions of greenhouse gases and impacts on development in the energy sector, etc

Dr. Sadik Bekteshi
University of Pristina
Pristina, Kosovo
I work at Department of Physics of Faculty of Natural Sciences, University of Prishtina, lecturing in Computational Physics on Master Degrees. My specific scientific research interest is the system dynamic modelling, particularly of the climate and energy, as well as the systematic measurements related to the environmental protection and renewable and sustainable energy production problems in Kosovo. I am active in a number of national and international research projects. Combining the background as a nuclear physicist and experience in system dynamic modelling, recently I am a very active member of the international program of the scientific-technological cooperation between the Academy of Sciences and Arts of Kosovo and the Academy of Sciences and Arts of Albania, with the focus on the radioecological research and measurements in several regions of Kosovo.
Dr. Skender Kabashi
University of Prishtina
Skenderaj, Kosovo
Skënder Kabashi is Assistant Professor of Physics at Department of Physics of Faculty of Natural Sciences, University of Prishtina. Holds Master Degrees in Nuclear Physics and Ph.D. in Environmental Physics and Renewable Energy. Prof. Kabashi is active in both nuclear physics and in research of renewable energy sources. Its specific scientific research interest is the Dynamic Modeling the Environmental Systems particularly modeling the Energy and Environment, as well as the systematic measurements related to the environmental protection and impact of renewable energy on sustainable energy production in Kosovo. Combining the background as a nuclear and environmental physicist, recently he has been involved in a number of national and international researches in nuclear physics and in environmental physics; most recently in 2011 he received a grant for research project at Institute Josef Stefan in Ljubljana.
SPECIAL SESSION: Energy and Water Efficiency for Sustainable Future
Draft schedule:
Monday, September 26 @14:00 (ROOM E)
Monday, September 26 @17:00 (ROOM E)

Session resume:

Industrial production still requires a considerable and continuous supply of energy delivered from natural resources—principally in the form of fossil fuels such as coal, oil, and natural gas. The increase in our planet human population and its growing nutritional demands have resulted in annual increases in energy consumption. Furthermore, many nations have accelerated their development in the last 10 years, and countries with large populations (such as China and India) have seen even more significant increases in energy demands. This growing energy consumption has also resulted in unsteady climatic and environmental conditions in many areas because of increased emissions of CO2, NOx, SOx, dust, black carbon, and combustion process waste.

It has become increasingly important to ensure that the production and processing industries take advantage of recent developments in energy efficiency and in the use of nontraditional energy sources. The additional environmental cost is related to the amount of emitted carbon dioxide (CO2) and may take the form of a centrally imposed tax. A workable solution to this problem would be to reduce emissions and effluents by optimizing energy consumption, increasing the efficiency of materials processing, and increasing also the efficiency of energy conversion and consumption.

Prof. Jiri Klemes
University of Pannonia
Veszprem, Hungary
Jirí Klemeš - Pólya Professor and EC Marie Curie Chair Holder (EXC) at University of Pannonia, Veszprém, Hungary. Previously the Dpt of Process Integration and at UMIST and The University of Manchester, UK. Research in neural network applications at University of Edinburgh, Scotland. Comprehensive industrial experience, process integration, sustainable technologies and renewable energy. Successful applications. Managing 66 major European and UK Know-How projects and consulted on energy saving and pollution reduction. Editor-in-Chief of Chemical Engineering Transactions, Subject Editor of Journal of Cleaner Production, Dpt Regional Editor of Applied Thermal Engineering, Associate Editor for Heat Transfer Engineering and ENERGY; Cleaner Technologies and Environmental Policies; Resources, Conservation and Recycling. In 1998 founded and is the President of International Conference Process Integration, Mathematical Modelling and Optimisation for Energy Saving and Pollution reduction - PRES
Dr. Petar Varbanov
University of Pannonia
Veszprém, Hungary
Dr Petar Varbanov is a Senior Lecturer and Senior Researcher at the Research Institute of Chemical Technology and Process Engineering, Faculty of Information Technology University of Pannonia, Veszprém, Hungary. He graduated from the University of Chemical Technology and Metallurgy in Sofia, Bulgaria, with an MSc in Chemical Engineering. His professional interests include process modelling and optimisation of chemical processes and energy systems. He worked several years in the field of energy efficiency, specializing in heat integration, at the IChE - Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. He got his PhD in Optimisation and Synthesis of Process Utility Systems from University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology, Manchester, UK. For performing research on minimising and mitigating Climate Change he was awarded a scholarship from the UK Tyndall Centre. Later he was awarded a Marie Curie EIF Fellowship and successfully performed research on Optimising the Start-up of Distillation Columns at the Technische Universität Berlin. This was followed by a Marie Curie ERG Fellowship for assisting his integration into the University of Pannonia – Hungary. Presently he is a member of the team of the Marie Curie Chair (EXC) “INEMAGLOW”.
SPECIAL SESSION: The improvement of the environmental conditions of towns by means of energy efficiency policies: method of analysis and case studies
Draft schedule:
Tuesday, September 27 @11:30 (ROOM F)
Tuesday, September 27 @14:30 (ROOM F)

Session resume:

Towns, that are the main contexts where people live and work, have experienced a significant worsening of the local microclimatic conditions, mainly due to the rising of the amount of fossil energy sources for accomplishing the growing level of the life style required by inhabitants and of the services related to these needs. As that, towns must be considered as crucial areas for implementing effective policies, able to readdress countries toward a sustainable path, both from the energy and environmental points of view. In this sight, buildings management, urban transportation and commercial activities are the key elements for suitable energy policy interventions.

Anyway, although environmental and energy performance of urban contexts are gaining a rising importance among architects and policy makers, there is a wide gap between the available methods for assessing such performances and the needed level of analysis, chiefly due to the improvement of the level of technologies that are continuously embodied in the design of urban systems.

Prof. Gianfranco Rizzo
Universita degli Studi di Palermo
Palermo, Italy
Gianfranco Rizzo is full professor of Environmental Technical Physics at the University of Palermo since 1994. He is also the Energy Manager of the University of Palermo since 2009 and chairman of the Ph.D. School on Environmental Technical Physics of the University of Palermo, in partnership with four other Italian Universities, since 2003. He was chairman of the Degree Course in “Environment and Land Engineering” of the Engineering Faculty at University of Palermo until 2004. He was involved in research activities at the "Applied Science Division" of the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory of the University of California and he was teacher of "HVAC design" at the Engineering Faculty of the University of Luanda (Angola). He participated to researches of International Energy Agency (IEA) within the program "Passive and Hybrid Solar Low-Energy Buildings".
He is responsible of several international researches (Validation of CECED Scenario Eco-design of Water Heaters European Committee of Domestic Equipment Manufacturers, CECED, 2009); member of the European panel for the singling out of the criteria for the EU Eco-label award scheme for buildings; member of the scientific board of the Fishing Observatory of the Mazara del Vallo fishing district. He is author of about 300 publications, mainly presented at international conferences (also as invited lectures) or published by international journals; co-author of three books on the issues of energy efficiency of buildings; editor of the Journal of Ecology and The Natural Environment; member of the editorial board of Int. Journal of Sustainable Development and Planning.
SPECIAL SESSION: The interaction between heating technologies and renewable energy systems
Draft schedule:
Tuesday, September 27 @11:30 (ROOM C)
Tuesday, September 27 @14:30 (ROOM C)
Tuesday, September 27 @17:00 (ROOM C)

Session resume:

Buildings account for a substantial part of the energy supply. The development of sustainable buildings plays an important role in the transformation of national energy systems into future sustainable energy supplies aiming at reductions in fossil fuels and CO2 emissions. In such a perspective the design and interaction between buildings and the energy systems surrounding it becomes important in the analyses of which heating systems are able to facilitate these technological changes.

The required technological changes are different in the renovation of existing buildings than in new buildings, however in both cases the concept of zero emission buildings and improvements in energy efficiency cannot be seen isolated from the renewable energy sources and the energy system surrounding them. In some cases individual solutions are most suitable but in other cases district heating is a more fuel and cost efficient solution.

Prof. Brian Vad Mathiesen
Aalborg University
Aalborg, Denmark
Brian Vad Mathiesen is Associate Professor and PhD at Aalborg University. He specializes in technical and economic analysis of large-scale integration of renewable energy. His research covers analyses of short-term well-known transition technologies to analyses of 100 % renewable energy systems as well as technical energy system analyses, feasibility studies as well as public regulation and technological change. Since 2005 he has been involved in research in renewable energy systems as well as technologies for large-scale integration of wind. Dr. Mathiesen holds a M.Sc. and a Ph.D. focusing on fuel cells in future energy systems (2008). In the IDA Climate Plan 2050 (2009) he was responsible for the technical and socio-economic analyses for making a detailed road map towards 100% renewable energy. In 2008 and 2010 he was involved in the making of Heat Plan Denmark, where the future heating options were analysed in the light of the current status and the future goal of 100% renewable energy as well as the technical and economic impacts and an action plan for with new public regulation. He was work package leader of a group analysing 100% renewable energy in transport and mapping the residual biomass resources in the CEESA project and the main responsible for analyzing scenarios to reveal the potential and challenges in and towards 100% renewable energy systems in Denmark. The CEESA project involves five Danish universities among others and ran from 2006 until 2010. In a research project for the Danish TSO focus on the integration of renewable energy, socio-economy and CO2 emissions from hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, as well as different charging strategies for hybrid hydrogen fuel cell vehicles and battery electric vehicles in 2009. He has also worked with researchers on large-scale integration of wind power and 100% renewable energy systems for Croatia and for Ireland. He has been involved in developing LCA methodologies and PCR focusing on the interrelation between energy system analyses and LCA.
SPECIAL SESSION: Electrification as a tool for sustainable development
Draft schedule:
Tuesday, September 27 @11:30 (ROOM D)
Tuesday, September 27 @14:30 (ROOM D)

Session resume:

Electricity is an important pre-condition for sustainable development in a modern society, albeit not a sufficient one. Properly applied to the benefit of development, the access to electricity can make clear contributions to employment generation and the formation of markets for new commodities produced in developing countries while also contributing to address a number of environmental problems including climate change. The result is a win-win situation with reduced greenhouse gas emissions and improved energy security, at the same time that employment and development is generated. Thus efforts should focus on how access to electricity can play a role and become a vector to promote sustainable development in developing countries.

A major challenge for the developing world is to provide universal access to electricity to its population observing requirements of reliability, affordability and sustainability. One should not consider only the provision of electricity per se (technology focus), but rather treat technology as one element among others in the development process, thus taking a system solution approach. This special session will review the financial, institutional and environmental aspects and their linkages to the context of electricity provision and sustainable development. The session will also discuss the role of renewables in developing countries.

Prof. Semida Silveira
KTH - Royal Institute of Technology
Stockholm, Sweden
Semida Silveira is Professor on energy and climate studies at KTH. Her program focuses on systems studies linking energy and climate knowledge with sustainable development, planning and policy work. She has a PhD in regional planning from KTH, with focus on development and sustainability. Her work is characterized by a systems approach to problem analysis and resolution, and profound understanding of the role of infrastructure systems, policies and entrepreneurship for sustainable development. Previously, Prof Silveira worked as sustainability expert at the Swedish Energy Agency, and as energy and climate program manager at the Stockholm Environment Institute. Her most recent activities include bioenergy and climate change policy work, promotion of Swedish knowledge and technologies in development assistance, and international business cooperation with corporate responsibility. Prof Silveira won the Jaboti Literature Prize 2001 in Brazil in the category physical sciences, technology and informatics for her book Electricity for Sustainable Development, published in Portuguese. She is also the author of various articles and books including an anthology of the Swedish energy development, Building sustainable energy systems – Swedish experiences, and her last book Bioenergy – realizing the potential. She has done research at MIT, IIASA and University of Tübingen, and advises in various committees and companies. She has developed and managed projects in collaboration with academics, development banks, policy makers and the private sector in both industrialized and developing countries.
SPECIAL SESSION: Utilization of industrial byproducts towards sustainability
Draft schedule:
Tuesday, September 27 @14:30 (ROOM E)
Tuesday, September 27 @17:00 (ROOM E)

Session resume:

The aim of the proposed Special Session is to highlight the decisive role that utilization of industrial byproducts in new application fields plays to sustainability and exchange experience concerning how innovative research findings may be transferred to industrial scale.

Even though such cases and examples usually address to Coal Combustion Products utilized in the construction sector, the session welcomes scientists and experts from other relative fields.

Prof. Stamatis Tsimas
National Technical University of Athens
Athens, Greece
Professor Stamatis Tsimas is former director of Chemical Sciences Sector in the School of Chemical Engineers of National Technical University of Athens and former also director of the Laboratory of Inorganic and Analytical Chemistry in the same School. His major interests concern: i) the chemistry and technology of aluminosilicates, specializing in cement chemistry and technology, ii) the size reduction techniques and iii) the upgrade techniques of industrial minerals and byproducts with emphasis in Flying Ash. He is member of CEN WG11/TC51, member of International Committee for Concrete Technology in Developing Countries and National Representative in ECOBA`s European WG for the High Calcium Fly Ashes. Prof. Tsimas has published more than 100 scientific papers in International Scientific Magazines (acting also as reviewer in 12 magazines) and International Congresses obtained totally more than 250 citations. In parallel is the author of more than 60 technical reports.
SPECIAL SESSION: Educating Engineers for Deep Sustainable Development
Draft schedule:
Tuesday, September 27 @17:00 (ROOM F)

Session resume:

Many universities developed a specific course for SD. However, these courses are often rather marginal in the engineering curriculum. For real sustainable ‘Sustainable Education”, a next step is required. How could Sustainable Development become a guiding principle for an ongoing process of educational and research reform and university outreach?

The challenge is to change Sustainable Development from a new and often peculiar element in an engineering curriculum to a guiding principle for university strategy. That is a challenge for changing university culture but also for bridging the gap between the disciplinary depth of science and societal engagement. Societal engagement requires not just contributing knowledge that researchers think is useful for society, but also to listen to stakeholders and interact with them.

Dr. Karel Mulder
TU-Delft
Delft, Netherlands
Karel F. Mulder (1956) is head of the group Technology Dynamics and Sustainable Development of the department of Technology Policy & Management at Delft University of Technology. He received an engineering degree from Twente University, and a doctorate in Business Administration from Groningen University in 1992. He was in charge of a project to include Sustainable Development in all engineering curricula at Delft University of Technology from 1997-2005 and initiated the European Engineering Education in Sustainable Development network. He wrote Sustainable Development for Engineers, A handbook and Resource Guide, Sheffield: Greenleaf, isbn-10: 1-874719-19-5. His Research interests focus on technological innovation and SD.
SPECIAL SESSION: Future Sustainable Electricity Supply Grids mesh with Supplies for Heat, Cold and Transport
Draft schedule:
Wednesday, September 28 @10:00 (ROOM A)

Session resume:

100 % electricity supply by renewable energies is content of several scientific studies. Nowadays, they exist for many countries or even transnational regions like e.g. the EU-MENA-region combining the electricity markets by large so-called overlay-grids. Today, it is not any more questioned whether it is possible to have a 100 % renewable supply or not. The controversial issue is more the best way on how to arrive there – the best future system configuration.

This special session does not want to answer this question about the best way. But the session wants to highlight the extremes between positions and to illustrate how heat, cold and transport are affected by different approaches to a 100 % electricity supply by renewables and to present current scientific discussions. Among these:

Prof. Ingo Stadler
Cologne University of Applied Sciences
Cologne, Germany
Dr. Stadler is managing director of the Institute for Electrical Power Engineering of Cologne University of Applied Sciences. Within in the institute he covers the areas of renewable energies and energy economics. Dr. Stadler is working since many years with the topic of electricity supply systems with high fractions of renewable energies. Among others he investigates demand response activities and non-electric energy storage devices in order to decouple electricity generation and consumption. In the European project "Dissemination Strategy on Electricity Balancing for Large Scale Integration of Renewable Energy (DESIRE)" it was investigated how fluctuating renewable energies can be balanced with CHP and thermal energy stores. Dr. Stadler co-ordinated the work package "Short-term solutions and long-term perspectives" - the technological side of the project. Within the second grid study of the German energy agency (dena II) it will be investigated on how high fractions of renewable energies can be integrated into the electricity supplies by energy storage and demand side activities. Within that project Dr. Stadler takes care about transition to a flexible demand side and integration of thermal stores in order to improve flexible electricity generation. Additionally, Dr. Stadler has been German's expert for "Stand-alone and Island Applications" in the Photovoltaics Power System Program of the International Energy Agency (IEA) for a period of ten years. Here he dealt with electricity supply of communities that are not connected to the public grid.
SPECIAL SESSION: Biofuels sustainability
Draft schedule:
Wednesday, September 28 @10:00 (ROOM F)
Wednesday, September 28 @13:00 (ROOM F)

Session resume:

 Biofuels gain market as an energy source that can increase security of supply, significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions as compared to fossil fuels and provide a new profits flow for farmers. However, many of the biofuels that are currently being supplied have been criticized for their unfavorable impacts on the environment, food security, and land use.

Sustainability of a biofuel needs to be guaranteed in a transparent way; this includes aspects such as the social and economic development of local, rural communities, land use, agricultural practices, competition with food, air quality, water resources, agricultural practices, labor conditions, energy efficiency and GHG emissions, life cycle analysis (LCA), etc.

Prof. Vyacheslav Kafarov
Industrial University of Santander
Bucaramanga, Colombia
Viatcheslav V. Kafarov is the Director of the Center for Sustainable Development in Industry and Energy, the Professor at the Faculty of Chemical Engineering and the Director of Post Graduate Programs of the Industrial University of Santander, Colombia. He obtained a PhD. in Chemical Engineering from Russian University of Chemical Technology - D.I. Mendeleyev - Moscow, Russia in 1985, and Dr.-Ing. habil. in Technical Science at Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg , Germany in 1993. Since he entered at Industrial University of Santander in 1995 he develops research in the field of bio-diesel, bio-hydrogen, second and third generation biofuels production, sustainable development and Life Cycle Assessment for biofuels production, process integration and exergy analysis. He has been involved in a number of national and international research projects in biofuels and in sustainable development, most recently in international networks CYTED 306RTO279 - New technologies for biofuels production - UNESCO code 330303,332205,530603,330399 and CYTED 307RT0324 - Hydrogen: Production and Purification; Storage and Transport - UNESCO code 332202. He is author and co-author of more than 80 papers and 7 books.
SPECIAL SESSION: Understanding environment- society interactions for sustainable development
Draft schedule:
Wednesday, September 28 @13:00 (ROOM C)

Session resume:

Consumer demands, human behavior, perceptions and objectives influence the way we (prefer to) arrange our environment. Changes in the environmental system may subsequently influence human demands and objectives. People and policy makers experience and observe events and developments in the environment, and respond (also influenced by external events, developments and the media) through acting in and influencing our environment. Environment and society are inherently interrelated. Better understanding of these reciprocal relations helps to explore the nature of sustainable or unsustainable decisions, allowing to adapt to possible unsustainable practices and steer towards sustainable transition pathways. It may help in exploring the (un)sustainability of strategies by looking at the strategy’s robustness under several climate change scenarios and societal scenarios (changing perceptions). Making strategies not only climate proof, but also future proof.

Papers focusing on understanding (changing) human behavior (consumers, individuals or policy makers) in relation to sustainability issues are welcome. Multiple domains and topics may be discussed including energy, water, waste, agriculture and the building sector.

Ms. Astrid Offermans
Maastricht University
Maastricht, Netherlands
Astrid Offermans (MSc) studied General Social Sciences at Utrecht University, the Netherlands. She completed her Master-program ‘Social interventions and policy’ cum laude and with clear pass. In 2006, Astrid started working at the International Centre for Integrated assessment and Sustainable development (ICIS), Maastricht University, the Netherlands. She worked on the BSIK project ‘Perspectives in Integrated Water Management’ on the integration of research results from different academic disciplines and the development of integrated scenarios for water management in the Netherlands. In 2008 Astrid started her PhD on integrating social Perspectives into a methodology to assess the sustainability of different water management strategies. Her PhD is part of the Deltares project “perspectives in Integrated Water Resources Management in River Deltas”.
Besides, Astrid was also involved in the EU- MATISSE project where she worked on the integration of social and cultural values in (agent based) models for integrated sustainability assessments. In 2007 and 2008 she co-organized ‘sustainable Tuesday’ in the province of Limburg, the Netherlands, and in 2010 she co-organized an interactive simulation session at the conference ‘Deltas in Times of climate change’ in Rotterdam, the Netherlands to explore sustainable water management strategies under an uncertain future. Finally, she is a teacher of the course ‘Sustainable development, an introduction’ and teaches and coordinates the course ‘Globalization, environmental change and society’ at University College Maastricht, the Netherlands.
SPECIAL SESSION: Measuring the Sustainable Development in the Energy Sector. Energy models between weak and strong sustainability
Draft schedule:
Wednesday, September 28 @13:00 (ROOM A)

Session resume:

The IEA stated in the World Energy Outlook 2008, that “the world’s energy system is at a crossroads. Current global trends in energy supply and consumption are patently unsustainable - environmentally, economically, socially. But that can - and must - be altered.” A sustainable development is now regarded as a solution for present and future societal problems and Dennis Meadows defines “sustainable development is not the place where you are going. It is how you make the journey.” Two sustainability concepts are currently being discussed to shape this journey: the weak sustainability and the strong sustainability concept.

Sustainability indicator systems such as Ecological footprint, Genuine Savings approach, Genuine Progress Indicator, and Energy Indicators for Sustainable Development of the IEA provide the measuring framework for this journey. The question of the measurability of sustainability is the key for the implementation of a sustainable development of the energy sector, because if current systems of sustainability indicators do not clearly signal that the economy is on an unsustainable path, policy errors will be made based on this data.

Dr. Holger Schlör
Forschungszentrum Jülich (Research Centre Jülich)
Jülich, Germany
Holger Schlör studied economics at the University of Heidelberg and went on to complete his PhD in Economics at the Free University in Berlin. His interest in economics and the idea of sustainable development has remained with him throughout his career. He has conducted research at several institutions and is currently working at Forschungszentrum Jülich in the Institute of Energy Research -- Systems Analysis and Technology Evaluation (IEF-STE). His research here focuses on the fields of sustainable development, economics and energy systems analysis.
SPECIAL SESSION: Energy and Buildings Efficiency for Sustainable Future: from smart buildings to sustainable behaviors
Draft schedule:
Thursday, September 29 @11:30 (ROOM A)
Thursday, September 29 @14:30 (ROOM A)

Session resume:

The energy consumed in buildings in industrialized nations represents near half of the global energy consumption and the quarter of greenhouse gases emissions. This consumption could be seriously reduced by acting on the design of the buildings, including more efficient architectural choices, materials and equipments.  But it can also be seriously limited by acting on the use of the energy through the energy management adapted to the inhabitants’ behavior.

This session aims at reviewing challenges in designing energy-saving buildings and in using and managing smart  buildings. The current scientific discussions among the followings will be presented in this session:

Prof. Mireille Jacomino
Grenoble Institute of Technology
Grenoble, France
Mireille Jacomino is professor in the Energy, Water and Environmental Sciences Engineering School at the Grenoble Institute of Technology, France. She is PhD (1989) from automatic control department of Grenoble. Between 2002 and 2008 she was vice director of the Electrical Engineering Scholl responsible for the design of the Energy, Water and Environmental Sciences Engineering School. She teaches automatic control, combinatorial optimization and discrete events simulation. She is especially interested in transferring her experiment in supply chain management to energetic systems. She is particularly implicated in the field of home automation energy management. She is involved in several research projects dealing with control both energy sources and loads in order to deliver the right service to the user at the right time and the lower cost. Solar energy is particularly studied as local source for the buildings in connection with power grid.
SPECIAL SESSION: Sustainability in Energy and Water supply in Developing Countries: a Humanitarian Crisis
Draft schedule:
Thursday, September 29 @17:00 (ROOM A)

Session resume:

Researching on technology for the environment and society is an essential activity within the research applied to International Cooperation for Sustainable Development.

We refer to “technology for self-reliance” for all the processes, the structures and the products aimed at developing a “sustainable design and development” finding the basis on technological principles, instruments and models.

Prof. Andrea Micangeli
Sapienza University of Rome
Rome, Italy
Andrea Micangeli is an Assistant Professor, at CIRPS (Interuniversity Research Centre for Sustainable Development), University of Rome "Sapienza", he is the co-ordinator of "Autonomy and Environment related Technologies Research Unit" and Scientific co-ordinator of national and international research projects in Italy as well as at Saharawi Refugee Camps (Algeria), Gaza Strip, Solar Thermal energy in Venezuela, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, and in Italy the Solar Energy use in 15 jails in the last years he coordinated research and development project in Iraq (Water and Sanitation), Afghanistan (Autonomy for Disabled), on renewable energies against desertification in Chad / Cameroon and micro hydro in Chiapas (Mexico).
Teaching Activities (at the Faculties of Engineering and Psychology and in 6 post graduation Masters) and R&D Activities in the fields of Renewable Energies and Local development are carried on within academic programmes and/or international emergency programmes.