The series of Advances in Energy Studies Workshops aims at sharpening scientific focus and building a critical mass and collaborative network among scientists researching energy issues. The work toward this goal is gaining new momentum in recent years, as societal attention once again shifts toward policy debates concerning sustainable use of energy and resources and their relationship to the economies of the world.
Four events were held in Porto Venere (Italy), one took place in Campinas (Brazil), with the most recent one having taken place in Mumbai (India). From each event a Proceedings has been generated, giving, up to today, seven editions of the collected body of works on Advances in Energy Studies:
The first edition “Energy Flows in Ecology and Economy” (1998) was aimed at revitalizing the discussion over theoretical aspects of Energy Analysis, by improving definitions of the working scales and boundaries, methods of analysis, and policy initiatives and future research to generate a balanced pattern of humanity and environment.
The second edition “Exploring Supplies, Constraints, and Strategies” (2000) moved beyond a cross comparison among methodologies of analysis, and towards the presentation of original scientific results related to energy supplies, constraints, and strategies. The goal was still that of enhancing both systemic understanding of the theoretical basis of energy and resource use as well as the development of policy and management tools to deal with economy and environment from a system perspective.
The third edition “Reconsidering the importance of energy” (September 2002) questioned the validity of the claim of “unimportance” of energy analysis, in fashion in the 90s, focusing on energy-related issues within the framework of sustainability (ecologically sound production and consumption patterns associated to socially acceptable life styles).
The fourth edition “Energy and Ecology Issues in Latin America” (June 2004) was dedicated to exploring a more regional perspective on energy problems, by dealing with the uneven access to energy and material resources among countries as well as within countries, due to market mechanisms and unequal trade. Such a dynamics is at risk of generating social and political instability in several areas of the planet.
The fifth edition “Perspectives on Energy Future” (September 2006) addressed the role of renewable energy sources and new energy carriers. It also gave room for discussing about governance issues related to energy policy as well as to perspective of fossil fuels in the future and the use of different methods of analysis for societal metabolism.
The sixth edition “Towards an holistic approach based on science and humanity” (June-July 2008) enriched previous editions of the conference by stressing the importance of energy issues within a human perspective of economic and social development with environmental compatibility in mind.
The seventh edition “Can we break the addiction to fossil energy?” (October 2010) analyzed the metabolic patterns of societies, the viability of alternative energy sources and different scenarios of energy transition away from fossil energy.
The eight edition “Energy Security and Development-The Changing Global Context” (October 2012) focused its attention on the energy security, taking into account the increasing interdependence among all economies regardless of the political boundaries separating them.
The ninth edition “Energy and Urban Environment” (May 2015) focused its attention on the complex interplay between energy and urban environment.