at 15H30 | 518 B

Energy Independence and Transition: the Role of Technology

Presented by: ALTE Coop.
Moderated by: Josée Provençal, AETOS Strategy
Innovation and clean technology

- Energy Efficiency to Energy Sufficiency

Energy sufficiency is drawing attention in Europe as a means to restrict and reduce the total energy consumption of households and societies. To reduce energy consumption, energy efficiency can help alleviate pressure on resources. However, energy-saving goals can only be reached by utilizing technical solutions, which require raw materials, industrial processes, time to be implemented, and therefore, energy. Thus, energy consumption is more dependent on the structure of our societies than on technical progress. Achieving sufficiency means facing overconsumption and the depletion of resources by limiting the damage and fostering human and ecological welfare. Energy sufficiency is the state where the fundamental needs of people in terms of energy services are equitably met, and where ecological limits are observed.

- What is low-tech?

What is low-tech? This will be presented through the presentation of an in-depth study on an expanded concept that represents a way of rethinking technologies to make them more accessible, sustainable and resilient. This is another way of seeing the design, fabrication and thinking of today's techniques. Low-tech is accessible and locally manufactured which gives it the advantage of adapting to different contexts. Designed from natural resources, local materials and / or recycled elements, its ecological footprint is relatively diminished. When we talk about low-tech, we often think of self-construction and since the majority of these technologies are modular they are easily repairable. But concretely, how to design low-tech? Do we have examples of these techniques? To answer these questions, come and learn more about this concept, its applications and its limitations at this conference!

- Can the energy transition be accomplished without an economic degrowth?

Often, we assume that energy transition is primarily technical. Although, our present technical strategies of substituting to renewable energy and improve energy efficiency are insufficient to obtain simultaneously an economic growth and waste reduction.