Plenary Lecture

Energy Sustainability: Concepts and Transitions

Professor Marc A. Rosen
Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science
University of Ontario Institute of Technology

Abstract: Energy sustainability is important given the pervasiveness of energy use, its importance in economic development, and the significant impacts that energy processes and systems have on the environment. Factors that need to be considered and appropriately addressed in moving towards energy sustainability are energy resources, efficiency, and environmental stewardship, as well as economics, equity, lifestyle, sociopolitical factors and population. The speaker will discuss these and the recently published Global Energy Assessment, which identifies the urgent need for a sustained and comprehensive strategy, including energy transition pathways, to resolve the challenges facing sustainable development, including climate change mitigation and energy security and access.

Brief Biography of the Speaker: Marc A. Rosen is a Professor at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology in Oshawa, Canada, where he served as founding Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science from 2002 to 2008. Dr. Rosen was President of the Engineering Institute of Canada. He is a registered Professional Engineer in Ontario, and has served in many professional capacities, including Editor-in-Chief of several journals and a member of the Board of Directors of Oshawa Power and Utilities Corporation. With over 60 research grants and contracts and 600 technical publications, Dr. Rosen is an active teacher and researcher in sustainable energy, the environmental impact of energy and industrial systems, and energy technology (including renewable energy and efficiency improvement). He has also carried out research on the linkages between thermodynamics and environmental impact and ecology. Much of his research has been carried out for industry, and he has written numerous books. Dr. Rosen has worked for such organizations as Imatra Power Company in Finland, Argonne National Laboratory near Chicago, and the Institute for Hydrogen Systems near Toronto. Dr. Rosen has received numerous awards and honors, and he is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

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