Understanding Justice: Implications for energy transitions
The current energy transition calls for a rethinking of ethical dilemmas on how to allocate the benefits and costs of scarce energy resources, not only among the citizens of urban and rural; north and south; poor and rich but also between current and future generations. This ultimately raises the question of energy justice: how can we understand and foster justice and equality when considering past, present and future energy decision-making, production and access.
Chair: Vasna Ramasar
08:30-09:00 Registration and Coffee
09:00 – 09:10 Welcome
09:10 – 10:00 New Frontiers of Energy Justice. Presentation by Prof. Benjamin Sovacool, (via Skype)
10:00 – 11:00 Presentation by Prof. Gordon Walker
11:00 – 11:30 Coffee break
11:30 – 13:00 Panel discussion with Gordon Walker, Desta Mebratu, and Alf Hornborg. Moderator: Alevgul Sorman
13:00 – 14:00 Lunch provided
Benjamin K. Sovacool is Professor of Energy Policy at the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU) at the University of Sussex. He is the co-author of the books Global Energy Justice and Energy Poverty.
Gordon Walker is Co-Director of the DEMAND Centre (Dynamics of Energy, Mobility and Demand) and Professor at the Lancaster Environment Centre. He is the co-author of the book Environmental Justice: Concepts, Evidence and Politics.
Desta Mebratu is a fellow at the University of Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Studies and former Deputy Regional Director of UNEP Regional Office for Africa.
Alf Hornborg is Professor of Human Ecology, Lund University and the author of the book Global Magic: Technologies of Appropriation from Ancient Rome to Wall Street