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Encounters #5: Transformation

15 February, 6pm   

Pollution, climate change, pandemics, wars. Society needs to be completely transformed to guarantee a future to the next generations, but strong interests, poor knowledge, complexity, apathy make this difficult to happen. This evening, we will discuss a few key aspects linked to the need to transform the way we generate and store energy, and how people and countries interact.

Nicola Armaro – Transforming the energy system: an epochal challenge

The transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy is the key tool to fight climate change and reach climate neutrality by 2050. An epochal energy transition to be completed in less than thirty years is a huge challenge and the next decade will be crucial. A short analysis of some technical, economic and social bottlenecks along the way will be made. The energy transition is not only a big challenge, but also an unprecedented opportunity of progress for human civilization. 

Annalisa Savaresi – The role of citizens in the energy transition: turning energy consumers into energy producers

Measures to stimulate citizens’ involvement in the generation of renewable energy are increasingly frequent, as a means to engender greater legitimacy in energy governance, tackle fuel poverty, and enable the transition towards net zero societies. This talk assesses the complexities of turning energy consumers into energy producers and sellers. 


Nicola Armaroli (Institute for Organic Synthesis, CNR Bologna) is research director at CNR and a member of the Italian National Academy of Sciences. He studies materials and systems for solar energy conversion and analyses the energy transition in its complexity, also in relation to climate change and resource scarcity. He also serves as consultant for several national and international institutions on energy issues.

Annalisa Savaresi (Stirling University) is Associate Professor of International Environmental Law at the Center for Climate Change, Energy and Environmental Law, University of Eastern Finland. She furthermore holds a senior research post at the University of Stirling, UK. Her work has been cited widely, including by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. She has given evidence to the UK, the EU and Scottish Parliaments and sits on the Board of Environmental Standards Scotland, the new body scrutinising Scottish public authorities’ compliance with environmental law established by the UK Withdrawal from the European Union (Continuity) (Scotland) Act 2021.

Please find the whole programme, with details HERE