MILESECURE-2050 INTERNATIONAL SEMINAR "THE HUMAN FACTOR IN ENERGY TRANSITION & SECURITY TOWARDS 2050"
Multidimensional Knowledge, Innovative Models, Effective Policies
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Reduced emissions, increased use of renewable energy and energy saving are the key environmental objectives that Europe has embedded in its strategy for 2020 and beyond to face the challenges of climate change and energy security. But changing energy systems has social, cultural, economic, political, geopolitical, and lifestyle implications that risk to be underestimated by traditional and strictly disciplinary studies. In order to acquire a more comprehensive knowledge on the process of Energy transition, DG Research funded under the FP7 the MILESECURE Project. The project carried out a research that combined in a single frame a large set of theories and methodology.
At a first stage the project conducted two different studies: (i) a study of the main trends and policies related to the international and European context; and (ii) an analysis of a set of 90 European anticipatory experiences of a low carbon society (i.e. local experiences that could be considered as already existing pieces of a future low carbon society) was conducted directly on field. After that the project team worked to fulfill one of the main tasks of the project: to embody the knowledge coming from these two studies into innovative forecasting models and scenarios.
At the later stage, on the basis of the forecasting exercise, policy guidelines and a manifesto on the transition were drafted.
Both model & scenarios and policy guidelines are aimed to provide indications for European policy making at different levels: from local to European scale. The common element of the itinerary as a whole was the attempt to put the human factor at the centre of the Energy transition process.
This is the background to the International seminar “THE HUMAN FACTOR IN ENERGY TRANSITION & SECURITY TOWARDS 2050”. The seminar was devoted to discuss the final results of the MILESECURE-2050 project and focused on the three key issues:
- Multidimensional Knowledge
- Innovative Models
- Effective Policies
For each one of these themes a paper highlighting the results of the project were presented and a dedicated working session was organised to discuss the results. After the working session a Round table discussed the results of the project with European experts and policy makers.