|| Energy consumption, especially by means of fossil fuels, is known to be a major contributor to greenhouse gases emissions as a whole, and one of the drivers of global warming in particular. As shown at the 24th Conference of the Parties of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 24) held in Katowice, Poland in December 2018, there is a pressing need to identify reliable ways and implement concrete measures to reduce greenhouse emissions related to energy use.
The special report “Global Warming of 1.5ºC” issued by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) states that keeping global temperatures from rising more than 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels is a feasible goal. However, this goal can only be achieved if decarbonisation takes places to a large extent, so as to offset the increases in CO2 emissions being seen today. IPCC asserts that a decarbonisation of the global economy should take place immediately, so as to to ensure that global CO2 emissions decline by about 45% by 2030 and reach net zero by 2050. This matter of pressing and global relevance.
There are unfortunately relatively few events where a multidisciplinary overview and discussion of the links between climate change and energy use can take place, and where researchers from across the spectrum of engineering, politics, economics, ethics, law and governance have had the opportunity to come together to discuss research methods, the results of empirical research or exchange ideas about on-going and future research initiatives focusing on assessing the impacts of energy policies, investments and projects in the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.
The Symposium will involve researchers and practitioners in the field of energy and climate change in the widest sense, not only from engineering sciences, but also from business and economics, law, administration and political sciences.
It will focus on the role of energy policies and technologies as well as investments as tools for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and in respect of climate change mitigation, hence contributing to the further development of this fast-growing field.