Two days dedicated to climate change on the Mediterranean
On November 21 and 22, the Dynamic Meteorology Laboratory, the Energy4Climate program and École Polytechnique Executive Education organize a workshop on climate change and energy transition on the Mediterranean.
The Mediterranean region is a hot spot of climate change, dominated by a significant warming, a sharp decrease in average annual rainfall, and an increase in the probability of occurrence of flood- and drought-prone events. The Mediterranean region is under pressure from significant increase in the population and its quality of life.
Current economic practices and policies primarily follow conventional development models that result in higher emissions, the depletion of natural resources, growing ecological deficits and the externalization of social and environmental impacts. This pressures contributes to the over-exploitation of already scarce water resources and to an increase in energy demand for which supply is not always ensured. A long-term strategy is required to support sustainable economic growth while at the same time improving living conditions, social equity and preserving the environment. Energy generation must evolve toward sustainable trajectories in the Mediterranean.
The objective of the workshop is to bring a cross-look research, industrial, public authorities on an implementation of a sustainable energy transition and compatible with international negotiations. Speakers and participants will be able to identify the main challenges in the years ahead, contribute in the marketplace of ideas and discuss potential sustainable solutions.
Among the guest speakers:
Michal Kurtyka X93, Head of COP24, deputy minister to the Minister for Energy and Minister for the Environment of Poland
Fatima Driouech Vice-Chair of Working Group I of the IPCC, lead author of the fifth IPCC report, Co-Chair of the Focus Area I of the Commission Climatology
Michelle van Vliet PhD in environmental sciences from Utrecht University, affiliated as research scholar at IIASA (Austria), Niels Stensen Fellowship
Ad de Roo PhD in Physical Geography, European Commission, Joint Research Centre (JRC)
Albert Soret Miravet Earth system Services Group Leader at BSC (Barcelona Supercomputing Center)
Federico Pontoni PhD in Economics, Bocconi Centre for Research on Energy and Environmental Economics and Policy
Giorgio Graditi Electrical Engineering, ENEA · Energy Technologies Department, Technical Unit for Portici Technologies UTTP Rome, Head of Photovoltaic Technologies Unit, Chair of MedEner
Konstantinos Komninos Heads “DAFNI Network of Sustainable Greek Islands”; Coordinator of th the Smart Islands Initiative (EU)
Philippe Adam Secretary General of CIGRE for power system expertise