­­­Low-Carbon Innovation for an Electricity-Dependent World

Sunday, February 19, 2012: 1:00 PM-2:30 PM
Room 118 (VCC West Building)
Meeting the global demand for secure and sustainable sources of energy in the decades ahead – without exacerbating climate change – is one of the greatest challenges humanity will face this century. We not only need to fulfill the growth in demand for electricity from the industrialized world, but also satisfy the coming boom from the rapidly developing world, as well as deliver electricity to the 2 billion people who don’t have access, but want it – while at the same reducing our reliance on sources that produce greenhouse gases. It’s a seemingly insurmountable challenge. And yet, relying on the transformative power of science and the best ideas from our greatest innovators, it is possible to envisage technological pathways that, applied over the next 20 to 30 years, could a more sustainable energy future. Over five intense days in June 2011, an innovative gathering – known as the Equinox Summit: Energy 2030 – brought together pioneering scientific experts and next-generation leaders from around the globe, together with a group of experienced advisors, to collaboratively develop an audacious yet realistic blueprint for how to potentially wean civilization off its reliance on carbon-heavy forms of energy for electricity. What emerged was a staged plan – relying on emerging technologies in the generation, distribution and storage of electricity – which, pursued over the next two decades, could transform society and deliver secure and sustainable supplies of energy for centuries. This symposium will take you to the year 2030 and beyond, exploring the transformative ideas and technologies discussed at the Equinox Summit, and detailed in the Equinox Blueprint: Energy 2030, which provide a fresh approach to the global energy ecosystem and could help support the next level of innovation in the generation, distribution, and storage of electricity.
R.J. Taylor, Waterloo Global Science Initiative
Wilson da Silva, COSMOS Magazine
Lauren Riga, Valparaiso University
Feridun Hamdullahpur, University of Waterloo
The Role of Research Institutions in 21st Century Innovation
Jason Blackstock, Center for International Governance Innovation
When Science Meets Policy: Supporting Technological Innovation
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