4 to 6 July 2018

International Conference on the Management of Energy, Climate and Air for a Sustainable Society - MECAS2018

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.

Key questions:

  • Which are the urban designs to better face climate change impacts and limit urban energy footprints?
  • Which are the energy options for Caribbean countries?
  • Which are the possible actions to limit the burden of air pollution on human health?
  • What are the possible measures to increase the resilience of the Caribbean region to climate change?
  • What are the possible actions to shift societal behaviours addressing climate change and energy uses?

TOPICS

With estimates suggesting that up to 70% of the world’s population will be living in urban areas by 2050, cities are under pressure from all sides to minimize the required inputs of energy, water, food, waste and their output of heat, as well as air and water pollution. The objective of this session is to thus explore possible measures in terms of building design and architecture to minimize urban footprints, with a specific focus on energy balance, air pollution and climate change.

A vulnerability to hurricanes and an overdependence on tourism are not the only challenges Caribbean countries face. According to UNESCO, high energy costs also have negative impacts on the economic competitiveness of Caribbean countries and on their cost of living. In 2008, fossil fuels provided over 90% of the energy consumed in Caribbean countries, although the region has considerable potential for hydro-electric, geothermal, and wind and solar energy, which when significantly exploited could make huge differences to the energy resilience of Caribbean countries. The objective of this session is thus to explore possible measures to decrease the fossil-fuel dependence of these countries by development of alternative renewable sources of energy.

According to recent UN estimates, about 6.5 million people die annually from air pollution and 92% of the world’s population lives in places where air pollution levels exceed recommended limits. Solutions do exist involving sustainable urban transportation, solid waste management, access to clean household fuels and cooking-stoves, renewable energies, and reduced industrial emissions, but about three million deaths a year still occur from exposure to outdoor air pollution. The objective of this session is thus to explore possible measures at the national, local, and/or citizen scale to abate air pollution in cities.

Natural disasters and climate change impacts are felt frequently in the Caribbean region, which is composed of a number of small island states. According to the International Monetary Fund, most Caribbean countries have at least a 10% chance of being impacted by a hurricane each year. The World Travel and Tourism Council even predicts that the Caribbean will become the most at-risk destination in the world between 2025 and 2050. The objective of this session is thus to explore the possible measures at the national, local, and/or citizen scale to increase the resilience of the Caribbean region to climate change.

Contributions that address these problems in different regions of the world are welcome, but particular attention  will be given to the specific locations of the Caribbean and Latin American countries.

English and Spanish will be the languages of the conference, simultaneous translation will be available.

Social Events

  • Gala dinner

Organisers

EPFL is Europe’s most cosmopolitan technical university with students, professors and staff from over 120 nations. A dynamic environment, open to Switzerland and the world, EPFL is centered on its three missions: teaching, research and technology transfer. EPFL works together with an extensive network of partners including other universities and institutes of technology, secondary schools and colleges, industry and economy, political circles and the general public, to bring about real impact for society.

The Information Management and Energy Development Center (CUBAENERGÍA), belonging to the Nuclear Energy and Advanced Technologies Agency (AENTA) and attached to the Science, Technology and Environment Ministry (CITMA), is a public budgeted entity that carries out research – development and scientific-technical services in the field of energy and environment.

Since its creation in 2000, CUBAENERGIA has carried out research-development and technological innovation projects that contribute to decision-making in the energy sector, to the communication of science and technology, to energy education and to the implementation of renewable energy sources for the electricity generation. The organization strives to promote information technology and sustainable energy development.

Located at 20 street # 4111 e / 18a and 47, Miramar, Playa, Havana.

Sponsors

The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) is the agency for international cooperation of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA). The SDC is responsible for the overall coordination with other federal authorities of development and cooperation with Eastern Europe as well as for humanitarian aid delivered by the Swiss Confederation.

Swiss international cooperation, which is an integral part of the Federal Council’s foreign policy, aims to contribute to a world without poverty and in peace, for sustainable development. It fosters economic self-reliance and state autonomy, contributes to the improvement of production conditions, helps address environmental problems, and ensures better access to education and basic healthcare services.

The Swiss Confederation has mandated the SNSF to fund basic research and promote young scientists in Switzerland. The SNSF’s strategy and objectives are geared to fulfilling this task and strengthening Swiss research as a whole. Its strategic goals are:

  • Support high-quality research as well as researchers in their quest for excellence.
  • Bring research funding closer into line with the researchers’ needs.
  • Support the spread of knowledge in society, the economy and politics and demonstrate the value of research.

The Information Management and Energy Development Center (CUBAENERGÍA), belonging to the Nuclear Energy and Advanced Technologies Agency (AENTA) and attached to the Science, Technology and Environment Ministry (CITMA), is a public budgeted entity that carries out research – development and scientific-technical services in the field of energy and environment.

Since its creation in 2000, CUBAENERGIA has carried out research-development and technological innovation projects that contribute to decision-making in the energy sector, to the communication of science and technology, to energy education and to the implementation of renewable energy sources for the electricity generation. The organization strives to promote information technology and sustainable energy development.

Located at 20 street # 4111 e / 18a and 47, Miramar, Playa, Havana.

Contact us: submissions@mecas2018.com

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