1st South East European Conference on Sustainable Development of Energy, Water and Environment Systems - SEE SDEWES Ohrid 2014

29 June - 3 July, 2014,  Ohrid, Republic of Macedonia
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SPECIAL SESSION: Integrated sustainability assessment in the energy sector in the context of the UN Green Economy approach
Session resume:

The International Energy Agency (IEA) stated in the World Energy Outlook 2012 that while “taking all new developments and policies into account, the world is still failing to put the global energy system onto a more sustainable path [1].” The United Nations responded to this development and at the Rio+20 Conference in 2012 declared that the green economy should take place “in the institutional framework of sustainable development [2],” and “is an approach to achieving sustainable development [3].” The green economy is now seen as a process for achieving sustainable socio-economic development. The German Institute for International and Security Affairs interprets the green economy as a global concept that “has the potential to function as a central implementation strategy of the guiding principle of sustainable development [4].” And the energy sector is at the centre of this technological transition process [5, 6], as Rifkin argued by supporting the view of UNEP and IEA: “Our industrial civilization is at a crossroads. Oil and the other fossil fuel energies that make up the industrial way of life are sunsetting [5].” Against this background, the integrated assessment (IA) approach is  a suitable method for social learning and a tool for supporting the political decision-making process towards a green economy and a sustainable energy system. The IA approach enables us to frame, study and solve issues such as: transformation of the energy system, climate change, water and air quality, land and public health.

To accomplish these targets, in the last decades a wide array of assessment tools has been developed [7-13] and de Ridder et al. have identified seven assessment groups [14]:

  1. Assessment framework [15]
  2. Participatory tools [16]
  3. Scenario analysis tools [17]
  4. Multi criteria analysis tools [18]
  5. Cost benefit analysis [19]
  6. Accounting tools, indicator sets [20]
  7. Model tools (climate models, socio-economic models)
Dr. Holger Schlör
Forschungszentrum Jülich (Research Centre Jülich)
Jülich, Germany
Holger Schlör studied economics at the University of Heidelberg and went on to complete his PhD in Economics at the Free University in Berlin. His interest in economics and the idea of sustainable development has remained with him throughout his career. He has conducted research at several institutions and is currently working at Forschungszentrum Jülich in the Institute of Energy Research -- Systems Analysis and Technology Evaluation (IEF-STE). His research here focuses on the fields of sustainable development, economics and energy systems analysis.
He was member of the Scientific Committee for Social Sciences and Humanities of the Croatian Science Foundation. He was an invited speaker at the Food-Energy-Water Nexus Conference 2016 of the National Council for Science and the Environment in Washington.
He is a member of the “Sustainable Management” and “Sustainable Assessment” Committees of the Association of German Engineers (VDI) and supporting member of the International Centre for Sustainable Development of Energy, Water and Environment Systems (SDEWES Centre).

Invited papers (6)
SPECIAL SESSION: Sustainable supply and delivery of non - food biomass to support a “resource- efficient” Bioeconomy (S2Biom)
Session resume:

The biobased economy is considered as one of the key elements to achieve a smart and green Europe (EU 2020 Strategy; Bioeconomy Strategy to 2030, etc.). To develop a bioeconomy for energy, fuels and biobased products a number of challenges need to be addressed, e.g. the competing uses of biomass, and securing a reliable and sustainable supply of biomass feedstock. Over the last decade, various policies and economic frameworks have been put in place to tackle some of these challenges. But we also have to consider that various policies on EU, national and regional level exist (e.g. in relation to agriculture, forestry, waste, environment, energy, trade) and are playing a role in the bioeconomy. Some may be contradictory and cause confusion and market barriers, thereby prohibiting the efficient development of the bioeconomy. The sustainability of bioenergy has been legally addressed in the EU Renewable Energy Directive 2009/28/EC (RED)[1]  and Fuel Quality Directive (FQD)[2] by establishing mandatory criteria, especially for GHG emissions and carbon stocks, but these regulations are restricted to biofuels and liquid bioenergy carriers.


Mr. Boris Ćosić
University of Zagreb, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture
Zagreb, Croatia
Boris Cosic, dipl. Ing., is a researcher at the university of Zagreb, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture (UniZG-FSB) and member of the SDEWES Centre. He graduated at UniZG-FSB in 2008 and he works on European and National projects: IPA CBC Adriatic project - ADRIACOLD: Diffusion of Cooling and Refreshing Technologies using the Solar Energy Resource in the Adriatic Regions; FP7 project - S2Biom: Sustainable supply and delivery of non - food biomass to support a “resource-efficient” Bioeconomy in Europe; National project – MICROGRID: Optimization of renewable electricity generation systems connected in a microgrid. He was EU Erasmus PhD scholar at Mechanical Engineering Faculty of the University of Nis in Serbia. His research covers areas of energy planning of energy systems with high penetration of renewables, sustainable communities, energy policy, energy economics, renewable energy sources (especially biomass and biofuels) and 100% renewable energy systems. (http://powerlab.fsb.hr/bcosic/)

Invited papers (3)
SPECIAL SESSION: Low Carbon Development Strategies: Where we are and where we can go? (sponsored by LOCSEE project, http://www.locsee.eu/)
Session resume:

The ultimate goal of a Low Carbon Development Strategy (LCDS) is to catalyze concrete actions that support development with lower emissions. It should bring stakeholders from government, the private sector and civil society on the same side and eventually lead to greenhouse gas emissions that are lower compared to the situation in which the LCDS process had not been undertaken.

The aim of this Special Session is to help move forward the discussion on LCDS towards a useful climate policy instrument, and attract scientific works that would help addressing the following questions:

  • What the countries can expect in terms of possible greenhouse gases (GHG) emissions limitation/reduction targets in view of the ongoing UNFCCC negotiations about future climate regime and of the EU candidate status;
  • What measures/activities can be undertaken in order to achieve the GHG emissions limitation/reduction;
  • How costly would be the different levels of ambition for GHG emissions limitation/reduction;
  • What is the mitigation potential of various sectors;
  • How to involve as many as possible relevant stakeholders and set the priorities applying participatory approach;
  • How to diffuse the climate change mitigation in the relevant sectoral policies and ensure joint and cooperative action.
Prof. Neven Duić
University of Zagreb
Zagreb, Croatia
Neven Duic is a Professor in Energy Planning, Policy and Economics since 2001, at Power Engineering and Energy Management Chair, Department of Energy, Power Engineering and Environment, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture, University of Zagreb. He is member of International Scientific Committee of Dubrovnik Conference on Energy, Water and Environment Systems since 2003 and chair of its Local Organising Committee since 2007. He is co-Editor of Energy Conversion and Management, subject Editor of Energy, Editorial Board member of Applied Energy, member of regional editorial board of Thermal Science Journal and Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Sustainable Development of Energy, Water and Environment Systems. His research covers areas of energy planning of energy systems with high penetration of renewables, sustainable communities, energy policy, energy economics, mitigation of climate change, energy efficiency and combustion engineering.
Prof. Natasha Markovska
Research Center for Energy and Sustainable Development - Macedonian Academy of Sciences and Arts
Skopje, North Macedonia
Natasa Markovska holds DSc degree from the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Skopje, with thesis on solar energy technologies. At present she is a Senior Researcher at the Research Centre for Energy and Sustainable Development of MANU and Professor of the subject Energy and Climate Change at two master programs and a doctoral program of Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technologies. Also, she serves as a National Focal Point of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and a Member of the International Scientific Committee of the Conferences on Sustainable Development of Energy Water and Environmental Systems (SDEWES Conferences). She has been participating in 94 international and national projects related to climate change mitigation, sustainable development, renewable energy sources and energy efficiency and energy strategic planning, for clients such as UNDP, USAID, WB, European Commission, GIZ, Macedonian and other governments. In these fields, Dr. Markovska co-authored 169 published contributions (40 SCI/CC publications). She serves as an Associate Editor of the international journal Smart Energy (Elsevier), as an Associate Editor of the international journal Energy Reports (Elsevier) and is a member of the Editorial Board of the international journal Energy (Elsevier). She served as an editor of the Second National Communication under UNFCCC and as a guest editor of 18 special issues of international journals (incl. 9 of Energy and 6 of Renewable & Sustainable Energy Reviews) dedicated to SDEWES Conferences..
Prof. Goran Krajačić
University of Zagreb
Zagreb, Croatia
Goran Krajacic, Ph.D., (http://powerlab.fsb.hr/gkrajacic/) received Ph.D Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Zagreb in 2012. Since 2004 he has been working as researcher at Department of Energy, Power Engineering and Environment at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture, University of Zagreb. In 2007 he spent 6 months as a guest researcher in the Research Group on Energy and Sustainable Development, Instituto Superior Técnico, Lisbon, Portugal where he investigated application of small decentralized power generation and energy storages.
From 2004 to 2007 he worked on the FP-6 project ADEG - “Advanced Decentralised Energy Generation Systems in Western Balkans”. The most of his work on the ADEG project was connected to development of H2RES computer program for energy planning. From 2007 to 2010 he was involved in the Intelligent Energy Europe (IEE) project STORIES – “Addressing barriers to storage technologies for increasing the penetration of intermittent energy sources”. He also helped preparation and implementation of the FP-6 project WEB-MOB, five IEE projects (GERONIMO, STORIES, SMART, BIOSIRE, FLICK THE SWITCH), two FP-7 projects JoRIEW and DISKNET and 4DH project coordinated by AAU. In 2011 he helped the team of Prof. Joško Deur in the successful preparation of HRZZ project ICT-aided integration of Electric Vehicles into the Energy Systems with a high share of Renewable Energy Sources.
Since 2007 he has been working on the national scientific project: Smart Energy Storage for Sustainable Development of Energy Systems, financed by Ministry of Science, Education and Sport of Republic of Croatia. Results of his work have been published in 14 papers in CC/SCI database and have been cited more than 100 times. He reviews papers for Energy Policy and Applied Energy. He participates in teaching the courses Introduction to Energy Management and Energy Planning.

Invited papers (6)