11 November 2019 - 13 November 2019
IIASA, Laxenburg, Austria

IIASA-RITE International Workshop
Towards improved understanding, concepts, policies, and models of energy demand

IIASA and RITE are co-organizing an expert workshop to further the interdisciplinary dialogue in conceptualizing, analyzing, policy making, and modeling of energy demand and its interlinkages to climate change mitigation and the SDGs.

Photo by Ricardo Gomez Angel on Unsplash

Photo by Ricardo Gomez Angel on Unsplash

The workshop builds on earlier cooperation between the two institutions that included the Low Energy Demand (LED) scenario and a demand workshop held in Nara, Japan in 2018.

The expert workshop is by invitation only, however the workshop organizers have arranged funding for participation of 15 young “next generation” of researchers that study demand issues, which are strongly encouraged to apply.

The objective of the workshop is to review progress in concepts, analyses and modeling of energy demand from an interdisciplinary perspective and using the concepts of delivered services and human well-being as entry point. The workshop aims to start a process of focusing the discussion on the current understanding (and of research gaps) of energy demand and efficiency management and policies to to also include implementation issues of demand-side strategies. An additional objective of the workshop is to provide a forum to discuss how demand issues are dealt with in various chapters of the ongoing IPCC AR6.

AGENDA - (A draft workshop agenda will be posted shortly)

Call for poster presentations (submit your abstract)

We invite poster presentations from young researchers on the following illustrative (but not necessarily limited to) topics:
• Conceptual/theoretical work that further a deeper understanding of determinants of energy and other resource (water, food, materials) service demands
• Empirical work to describe and explain heterogeneity of service demands across different social groups and cultures
• Research exploring linkages between service levels and structure and human well-being (incl. sufficiency and decent living standards concepts)
• Research on novel business and organizational models with a focus on “usership” rather than ownership
• Modeling applications to simulate policy interventions in service demands
• Studies that explore the interlinks between various resource services (e.g. energy and water, food, materials)

DEADLINE: 20 October 2019

Background paperGrubler A , Wilson C , Bento N, Boza-Kiss B, Krey V , McCollum D, Rao N , Riahi K , et al. (2018). A low energy demand scenario for meeting the 1.5 °C target and sustainable development goals without negative emission technologies. Nature Energy 3 (6): 517-525. DOI:10.1038/s41560-018-0172-6.

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