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INESC Coimbra sponsors ICEE Conference

Publication date: 28-02-2013 16:05



The conference aims to bring together leading academic scientists, researchers and scholars from the energy and environment science community to interchange knowledge, to discuss and to disseminate new ideas towards a low-carbon, sustainable future.

Although the euro-area economic crisis dominates the world attention and concerns while challenging our economic and social paradigm, the most serious challenge is much wider. How to meet the energy demand of a population expected to be 9 billion in 2050 and increasing living standards around the world? How to plan and implement the transition from a fossil-fuel economy to a low carbon society based on clean energy and transport systems while knowing that its costs will affect the economic growth?

Both energy and environment transition issues require  much more than pure technology knowledge. Instead, they involve processes of technological transfer where economics, social sciences, and even politics play decisive roles. Therefore, the challenge ahead is huge!