‘Fair Energy Transition as Contribution to a Sustainable and Resilient Society’
There is wide consensus among scientists and policy makers that an energy transition is urgent and essential in order to keep global warming within acceptable limits. This has been formalized in various international treaties and agreements, such as the Paris Agreement. The energy transition will have enormous impact on all dimensions of human life. It will have an impact on the global and local economies, on urban planning, on natural environments, on international relationships, on individual and collective life styles, and on habits regarding housing, heating, cooking and traveling, to mention only some.
How we manage the energy transition may well determine whether different regions of the world will live peacefully together or compete (violently) for scarce natural resources, including water and land. Opportunities and threats for open societies in the future will to a great deal depend on the way we transform energy systems in a fair and responsible way.
The project, within the Utrecht Eindhoven Alliance, aims at a comprehensive understanding of what a fair energy transition amounts to in an international context. The complex interrelationships between all the elements mentioned above raise the question how to assess energy transition policies in terms of their environmental, economic, social, moral and political implications. This does require technology assessment in form of an integrative assessment, since it is well-known that social, economic and political dimensions are decisive for the success of energy transitions. Moreover, the transition needs to be fair on a global scale, between generations, and between different social groups and regions. If it is not fair, it will not be acceptable for and accepted by many of the stakeholders who need to carry out the energy transition.
Speakers: Vincent Buskens, Marcus Düwell, Gert Jan Kramer.
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