Energy Security

This Workshop again falls within an international situation where energy still appears to be a fundamental driving force of economic and political strategies as well as planetary stability.

Aspects of:

  1. Availability of new energy sources and viable technologies,

  2. Disparity in access to energy sources,

  3. Role of energy in our societies (energy societal metabolism),

  4. Energy support to the life,

  5. Energy demand for food security all over the world,

  6. Increasing amounts of industrial and urban waste to be managed and safely disposed of,

  7. Energy use, efficiency, effectiveness at all levels of daily life,

  8. Energy markets and how they affect the economic dynamics, still are “hot” problems, that societies must address within a sustainability framework (ecologically sound production and consumption patterns associated to socially acceptable life styles), in terms of policies, technological development and economic processes.

Urgent issues of energy security call for increased reliance on local resources, with special focus to the role of agriculture for biomaterials and bioenergy supply as well as to development of cost effective solar & wind technologies for electricity production.

The use of thermal solar modules and devices should also be explored in depth, since a large part of energy demand occurs locally in the form of low and medium temperature heat. Energy security also calls for diversification of import supplies both in terms of quality and nature of energy resources (oil, natural gas, coal, etc.) and areas from which resources come from.

How such a diversification can be achieved and what are safe and effective infrastructures for this to happen without affecting the stability of international relations is matter of urgent debate.