Rethinking the energy transition in light of the Sustainable Development Goals: Maximizing synergies and minimizing trade-offs
Convener: Jan Sandstad Næss | Co-conveners: Otávio Cavalett, Francesco Cherubini, Cristina Maria Iordan, Wenwu Zhao
| Attendance Mon, 04 May, 14:00–15:45 (CEST)

A large-scale introduction of renewable energy systems (RES) is vital for climate mitigation in emission pathways keeping global temperature stabilization well below 2°C in 2100. At the same time, the United Nations have proposed 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to address society’s common global challenges. Among these, increasing human well-being by ending poverty and hunger (SDG 1&2) while at the same time delivering affordable and clean energy (SDG 7), protecting biodiversity (SDG 14&15) and mitigating climate change (SDG 13) are key.

There is an increasing need to assess possible synergies and trade-offs between climate change mitigation and across different SDGs from different RES. A global large-scale introduction of RES may increase the pressure on land resources, including food production systems and other ecosystem services. Land use management is at the core as the effects of introducing different RES on SDGs may vary dependent on spatial location and scale of implementation. Identifying RES deployment strategies that co-deliver across multiple SDGs is vital.

We encourage abstract submissions linking RES deployment to one or more SDGs. In this context, a variety of methods, models and tools are of interest. Examples of these include environmental analyses, life cycle analyses, land use management, regional climate modelling, earth system modelling, energy system models, policy relevant analyses, GIS applications, integrated assessment etc.