IEEE Summit on Sustainability – Vision for 2050
24th March, 2020
|Welcome introduction by Dirk van Hertem – KU Leuven – EnergyVille – General chair, IEEE Summit|
|Opening Statements by Marko Delimar – University of Zagreb – Chair, IEEE EPPC|
|Summit Expectations from Eva Kaili – MEP – Chair, The Future of Science and Technology Panel in the European Parliament (STOA)|
|Pathways to a Low-Carbon Future – Keynote Speach by Paul Komor – Associate Director, Renewable and Sustainable Energy Institute (RASEI), University of Colorado Boulder|
|Panel 1 – The Green Deal: Through Electric Energy Transition?|
|The first panel of this summit is centered on the question: Can the targets set by the Green Deal proposed by the European Commission be reached through a transition to more electrical energy? The panel will address the growing demand for energy and tackle the challenges involved when transitioning towards alternative energy sources and through the use of new technologies.
|Panel 2 – Digital for a European Green Deal|
|The second panel invites speakers with experience in the field of digitalisation to share their expertise on the impact that digitalisation will have on the future of the economy, industry, and our society. The panelists are invited to share their vision on how digitalisation can help achieve a thriving, financially beneficial, sustainable society in 2050. The panel also highlights the challenges involved in maintaining the extensive digital infrastructure needed to achieve such goals, including the challenges associated with green ICT.
|Panel 3 – Incentivising Tech Development|
|The final panel will focus on how to ensure that the necessary technology is available to realize the green deal. By encouraging technological innovation, the shift towards a sustainable society could be achieved in a way that we cannot immediately predict. Furthermore, it is seen as a critical condition to remain ahead of the curve and retain leadership on sustainable technology. Therefore, this panel encourages speakers to share their views on how we today can allow for future technological innovations to prosper.