Seminar “Energy in a changing climate”

Posted on: March 23rd, 2017 by intern No Comments

Thursday, April 13 – 9.15 – 10.45 am - room 9A

Guest Speaker: Enrica De Cian

This co-curricular activity is compulsory  for students attending Prof. Silvestri’ course S1720 – Coastal Wetlands, Lagoon and Estuaries.


All Students and Professors are welcome to join.


The aim of the seminar is to focus on the problems and opportunities of current and future energy use and needs.

Energy is a major source of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and the main cause of climate change. At the same time, energy services enable human systems to develop, and to adapt to variations in climate and weather conditions.  Meeting the growing energy demand that will be needed to adapt to a warmer climate is at the core of the sustainable development agenda set in 2015 by the 21th UNFCCC Conference Of Parties (COP 21) in Paris and by the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by the United Nations. The Paris Agreement for the first time mentions adaptation, sustainable development, and poverty eradication as long-term, global goals together with mitigation.

Affordable and clean energy is one of the 17 SDGs (SDG 7). Nine of the 17 SDGs explicitly require energy as an enabling condition, while all 17 goals are indirectly linked to energy availability and affordability. For example, meeting the adaptation-driven energy challenge can have a negative feedback on climate (SDG 13), should fossil fuels remain the primary source of electricity, and it can contribute to exacerbate poverty (SDG 1 and 10) through its macroeconomic and distributional effects.

This seminar discuss the role of energy use in a changing climate as potential cause of major risks,  but also as a key enabling condition for adaptation and sustainable development as well as an opportunity of change. It will discuss the political context, the Paris Agreement and Sustainable Development Goals. It will illustrate some key facts on current and future energy use and needs. It will look at future energy and emission scenarios, highlighting which opportunities exist. It will show how the changes in climate we are already committed to can affect energy use.

Enrica De Cian is a researcher at Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei and Centro Euro-Mediterraneo sui Cambiamenti Climatici. In 2008 she completed a PhD in Economics and Organization at Ca’ Foscari University and then focused into research, teaching experience and has published in the fields of sustainable development, technological change, integrated assessment modeling, climate change impacts and adaptation and energy, environmental and resource economics.
She collaborated with several research organizations: CEPS in Brussel (2004-2005), the Joint Program on the Policy and the Science of Climate Change (JP) in Cambridge (2005-2006) and the ZEW in Mannheim (2012).
In 2012 she was awarded a Marie Curie Research Fellowship for the project DYNAMIC in collaboration with Prof. Ian Sue Wing at Boston University on the empirical analysis of climate change impacts in agriculture and energy.
Since 2014 she has been a lecturer in the Environmental Program Studies at Boston University Study Abroad Venice.



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