WHY THIS CONFERENCE?
Human societies currently face many serious challenges: fast growing urbanization, adaptation to climate change, air and water pollution, rapid increasing energy consumption, high dependency of fossil fuels, sustainable and clean energy supply. About 70% of the world’s population will be living in urban areas by 2050, world’s energy consumption will increase by 48% by 2040 with fossil fuels accounting for more than 75% of world energy use, while about 90% of the world’s population currently lives in places where air pollution levels exceed recommended limits. In this context, the choices made by societies will strongly determine their future. The objective of this conference is thus to discuss the options available to societies in terms of energy, urban development, and adaptation to climate change, as well as their inter-linkages.
All societies are not exposed to the same risks and do not face the same challenges. This conference will thus include sessions addressing the specificities of the Caribbean and Latin American countries. These countries are for example more exposed than others to climate change risks, but they also have specific challenges and opportunities regarding energy supply and urban development.
These challenges will be explored with a view of identifying their inter-linkages. In this conference, sessions will be dedicated to the following topics: 1) Building energy and climate architecture; 2) Energy demands in the Meso-Americas and the Caribbean (MAC) in a changing climate; 3) Abatement strategies for air pollution and energy usage; 4) Impact of climate change on Caribbean and tropical societies.