The 4th “Sustainable Energy for All” forums held in May 2018 at Lisbon, Portugal concluded that the energy systems imaginations requires a significant shift.
“…the sustainable energy systems of the future are no longer just about electrons, but about energy as a set of services that deliver prosperity, reliable health care, education and business opportunities. We understand now that the energy systems of the future are so fundamentally different from the energy systems of the past that they require a re-imagining of the institutions, business models, financing and partnerships necessary to deliver SDG7 on the timeline laid out.”
The inaugural “Eradicating Poverty through Energy Innovation” (EPEI) workshop held at Arizona State University in February 2018, arrived at similar conclusions, proposing that energy thriving should be the broader goal of achieving SDG7 i.e. Clean and Affordable Energy for All. Deliberating around the concept of Social Value of Energy; innovation in socio-technical-financial arrangements as well as governance and ownership of energy access projects were explored by a global cohort of participants. The contextual factors of geography, climatic conditions, economy, institutional strengths or weaknesses and culture etc. emerged as crucial factors for achieving desired outcomes. Social justice, equitable distribution of benefits, and inclusive development emerged as strongly interlinked issues.
To continue the sharing and dissemination of the concept of social value of energy various workshops around the world have been envisioned. These workshops will explore contextual themes and challenges in creating meaningful projects and programs for energy sufficiency, while generating social value for local communities which will lead to energy thriving.The University of Petroleum and Energy Studies , located in Dehradun, Uttarakhand a Northern state of India, in association with Arizona State University, USA and IPE Global is hosting this conference workshop. This conference is focused to attempt to meet SDGs through energy intervention and the expected outcomes prove to be good drivers for underdeveloped and developing countries.