The 5th Global YES Summit – Rework the World (part 1)

Posted on June 2, 2010

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More than 1500 people have confirmed that they will attend ”The 5th Global YES Summit – Rework the World” i Leksand (go to YES). Entrepreneurs, business leaders, investors, opinion markers and, not least, ambitious young people will gather from over 110 nations. The meeting’s focus is to create socially and environmentally sustainable employment opportunities. In all there will probably be more than 140 seminars and debates and all the delegates are offered guided nature excursions.

“Rework the World” is the largest meeting of its type that has been held in Sweden. On an international level, it is a similar size to global meetings such as the G20 meeting and the World Economic Forum that, in 2009, had representatives from 91 nations.

One of the parallel sessions on Thursday afternoon is ENERGY and I have been given the task of summarizing the session. In the evening there will be around 6 seminars and they have given me an hour to speak about and discuss the following:

“Peak Oil and the Humanity’s Well-Being Equation”

My abstract can be seen below. I hope that some of the 1600 at the meeting will come and listen. In coming days there will be more reports from Leksand.

Peak Oil and the Humanity’s Well-Being Equation

Presentation by Kjell Aleklett, Professor at Global Energy Systems, Uppsala University, Sweden and President of ASPO International (Association for the Study of Peak Oil and Gas)

If we study our well-being in detail we can discern four important components. They are food and water, climate, the economy and peace on Earth. Each component is immensely important and is discussed continuously in various meetings around the world. However, the fact is that these components are coupled and dependent upon one another. “Humanity’s Well Being” (HWB) can be summarized in an equation that shows this and when we study the interdependence of these factors we see that they are all dependent upon energy (E):

HWB(E) = Food&Water(E) + Economy(E) + Climate(E) + Peace(E)

Today, fossil fuels are more then 80 percent of the commercial energy used for our well-being. A reduction of 50-90% in use by 2050 is currently discussed as we have clear evidence that our climate is affected by energy use. What is not mentioned is that this reduction will affect our food production and our economy.
Oil is a limited natural resource and we have strong evidences for a plateau production since 2005, we are running at “Peak Oil”. Natural gas will soon enter the same twilight zoon and the production possibilities for coal are also limited. Our HWB equation needs energy in the future and we can now say that “Business As Usual” is not an option for the future. We need new fossil free energy systems, not only for the climate but also for food, economical growth and peace on the planet.

(Swedish)

Fler än 1500 personer har bekräftat deltagande i ”the 5th Global YES Summit – Rework the World” i Leksand (go to YES). Entreprenörer, företagsledare, investerare, opinionsbildare och inte minst, ambitiösa ungdomar kommer att samlas från över 110 länder. Mötets fokus är att skapa socialt och miljömässigt hållbara arbetstillfällen och kommer att innehålla hela mer än 140 seminarier och debatter där bl a alla deltagare erbjuds utflykter med naturguider.

”Rework the World” är det största mötet av sitt slag som har hållits i Sverige och är med internationella mått i paritet med globala möten så som G20 och World Economic Forum, som 2009 hade 91 länder representerade.

På torsdag eftermiddag är en av parallella sessioner ENERGI och jag har fått i uppdrag att sammanfatta sessionen. På kvällen blir det ca 6 seminarier och man har gett mig en timma för att berätta om och diskutera:

“Peak Oil and the Humanity’s Well-Being Equation”

Mitt abstrakt finns här nedan. Jag hoppas att några av de 1600 som är där kommer och lyssnar. De närmaste dagarna blir det rapporter från Leksand

Peak Oil and the Humanity’s Well-Being Equation

Presentation by Kjell Aleklett, Professor at Global Energy Systems, Uppsala University, Sweden and President of ASPO International (Association for the Study of Peak Oil and Gas)

If we study our well-being in detail we can discern four important components. They are food and water, climate, the economy and peace on Earth. Each component is immensely important and is discussed continuously in various meetings around the world. However, the fact is that these components are coupled and dependent upon one another. “Humanity’s Well Being” (HWB) can be summarized in an equation that shows this and when we study the interdependence of these factors we see that they are all dependent upon energy (E):

HWB(E) = Food&Water(E) + Economy(E) + Climate(E) + Peace(E)

Today, fossil fuels are more then 80 percent of the commercial energy used for our well-being. A reduction of 50-90% in use by 2050 is currently discussed as we have clear evidence that our climate is affected by energy use. What is not mentioned is that this reduction will affect our food production and our economy.
Oil is a limited natural resource and we have strong evidences for a plateau production since 2005, we are running at “Peak Oil”. Natural gas will soon enter the same twilight zoon and the production possibilities for coal are also limited. Our HWB equation needs energy in the future and we can now say that “Business As Usual” is not an option for the future. We need new fossil free energy systems, not only for the climate but also for food , economical growth and peace on the planet.

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