Energy 2050

Posted on December 29, 2009

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Now when is time to do the final accounting for 2009 there is reason to think back over the year’s activities and to see if there is anything I should have included in my blog. My thoughts go back to 18-19 October and the Energy 2050 conference organized by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. The conference was included as part of the official program of activities during Sweden’s presidency of the EU.

The program with the presentations of invited speakers can be found at the conference’s website.

The theme for the symposium was the possibilities for fossil-free energy. From the program you can see that Nobel prizewinners, leading energy researchers from the four corners of the world, the general director of the Energy Authority, our energy minister’s parliamentary undersecretary and the EU’s energy commissioner were invited as speakers. It was an enormous honour to be invited as a speaker. I hope that the message from our research group got through.

All the presentations from the conference are on the conference’s website and there is almost certainly something there of interest for everyone.

During the conference a declaration was developed that the conference then endorsed. This declaration has since been reviewed by the 27 European academies of science that are part of the European Academies Scientific Advisory Council (EASAC). On 3 December EASAC sent this as a message in five points on the global energy system to the UN Copenhagen Climate Change Conference. The first point of the message is as follows:

“Time is of the essence for radical urgent changes to the global energy system. The world has been increasingly powered by fossil fuels over the last 150 years and now this trend will have to be reversed in a much shorter time period. Huge changes that will affect and concern society and individuals will have to take place in a well thought-out manner. The political decisions made over the next few years will profoundly affect future generations.”

The declaration can be linked directly to our research at Global Energy Systems at Uppsala University and is huge encouragement to continue our work.

(Swedish)

Nu då det är dags att göra bokslut för 2009 finns det anledning att tänka tillbaka på årets aktiviteter och se om det finns något som jag skulle haft med på min blogg. Tankarna går då tillbaka till den 18-19 oktober och Energy 2050 som arrangerades av Kungliga vetenskapsakademin. Konferensen ingick i det officiella programmet under Sveriges ordförandeskap för EU.

Program med presentation av inbjudna föredragshållare finns på konferensens hemsida.

Temat för symposiet var möjligheter för fossilfri energi. Från programmet ser ni att Nobelpristagare, ledande energiforskare från olika hörn i världen, generaldirektören för Energimyndigheten, vår energiministers statssekreterare och EU:s energikommissionär var inbjudna som talare. Det känns enormt hedrande att vara inbjuden som talare. Jag hoppas att budskapet från vår forskargrupp gick fram.

Samtliga presentationer från konferensen finns på konferensens hemsida och det finns säker något för de flesta.

Under konferensen utarbetades ett uttalande, som konferensen ställde sig bakom. Detta uttalande har sedan behandlas av de 27 europeiska vetenskapsakademier som ingår i European Academies Scientific Advisory Council (EASAC) och den 3 december ställt sig EASAC bakom det budskap i fem punkter om energiförsörjningen i världen som gjordes inför köpenhamnsmötet av den internationella energikonferensen Energy 2050.
Första paragrafen i uttalandet har följnde ordalydelse:

Time is of the essence for radical urgent changes to the global energy system. The world has been increasingly powered by fossil fuels over the last 150 years and now this trend will have to be reversed in a much shorter time period. Huge changes that will affect and concern society and individuals will have to take place in a well thought-out manner. The political decisions made over the next few years will profoundly affect future generations.

Uttalandet kan direkt kopplas till vår forskning vid Globala energisystem vi Uppsala universitet och det känns enormt stimulerande att arbeta vidare.

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