Equinox Summit 2011
Equinox Summit: Energy 2030
Science and technology are necessary for meeting our energy goals. What can we create today to help our energy needs of tomorrow?
From June 5 to 9, 2011, the Equinox Summit: Energy 2030 brought together leading scientists, future leaders, and experienced Advisors to share their insights in a spirit of open collaboration. Their task was to envision a low carbon, electrified future coupled with a growing need to expand the capacity, increase the resilience and security, and improve the efficiency of our energy systems.
Read the Equinox Communiqué (pdf).
Prof. Jatin Nathwani played two key roles at the high-profile summit, which is presented by the Waterloo Global Science Initiative, a partnership between Waterloo and the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics.
Read more from Communications and Public Affairs, University of Waterloo.
For complete Summit information, see the special Equinox Summit web page.
Scientific American (pdf) reports on the Equinox Summit.
"TVO broadcasts live at the Summit"
Monday - The Problem We've Created
The world needs to reduce carbon emissions. While oil and gas were cheap, there were few incentives to seek newer, cleaner and renewable resources. But time is now the biggest factor. We're running out of cheap energy and continuing to contribute to the current climate change problem. What, if anything, have we learned in the interim? From Waterloo, Ontario, The Agenda at the Equinox Summit: Energy 2030.
Tuesday - The Way We Move;
Trains, planes and automobiles: How can we find new resources, modes of transportation and rethink how we live? Energy is crucial to human transportation. To maintain our standard of living, we need to be mobile. For years we've relied on cheap gasoline, but that option is no longer feasible. Where will we get the power to get up and go? The Agenda at the Equinox Summit: Energy 2030.
Wednesday - The Way We Live;
From the buildings we live in to the places we work, how we are going to keep the lights on and the habitats warm, all while being efficient? We've mastered fuel-efficient vehicles, but we've neglected to do the same for our buildings. Today, scientists and engineers are taking on this challenge and seeking newer and smarter grids to power our homes and buildings. The Agenda at the Equinox Summit in Waterloo, Ontario.
Thursday - The Way We Share;
As the world's population inches towards the eight billion mark, how will energy supply and demand affect global economics and politics? From peak oil fears to problems of bringing developing countries into the energy grid, how will we manage our resources to meet global demand? The Agenda at the Equinox Summit in Waterloo, Ontario.
Friday - The Problem to Solve;
What is the answer to our energy problems? Is there hope in new technologies, or is the answer within ourselves? The Agenda at the Equinox Summit in Waterloo, Ontario.