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16 Oct 13 07:29

On the 30 October 2013 we will discuss YOUR energy future at "Connecting generations: Meeting the energy challenge" at the Centre for Global Dialogue in Rüschlikon, near Zürich. Join the debate by registering via the link attached below to attend in person or via live webcast.

In the run up to the event, would you care to post your thoughts and questions on what you want YOUR energy future to be like as a reply to this blog post? (Add comments, below)

Where will our energy come from in 2050?

How will our daily energy consumption look like then?

Will it be the same all over the globe? And how will we get there?

Send us your visions, thoughts and questions and we'll take it up during the event and ask your questions to the audience or to our panelists, who are:

Prof, Fritz Fahrni, PhD, born 1942, was Professor for Technology Management and Entrepreneurship at the ETH Zurich and at the University of St. Gallen (HSG), Switzerland.

Eva Geilinger
Project manager for Topten International Services

Dr. Claire-Michelle Loock
Co-founder of the clean-tech spin-off BEN Energy

Jan Ossenbrink
Doctoral candidate at the ETH Chair of Sustainability and Technology

Erik Schmausser
Leader of energy efficient projects, Swisspower Services AG

Rupert Wimmer
Originator, Weather & Energy, Corporate Solutions, Swiss Re

So join the debate – here, in person or via webcast on 30 October 2013:

Connecting generations: Meeting the energy challenge | Swiss Re - Centre for Global Dialogue

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Category: Sustainable energy

Location: Rüschlikon, Switzerland


Michael Gawthorne - 21 Oct 2013, 1:27 p.m.

What I'd like to know: We have the technology for a clean energy future and we definitely have the will at the grassroots level - so why is it taking so long for the change to come? How can we, as a society, get things moving a little faster?

Lara Kaiser - 21 Oct 2013, 3:48 p.m.

If I didn't have class that night I would definitely attend this event! Is the session being recorded and the recording made available afterwards?

Energy and it's availability in the future is one of the main topics that concerns (or at least should concern) my generation. Some of our fellow residents on this earth have not yet realized that energy is not indefinitely available and are still waisting it. Looking at all the new technologies and the growing population, I sometimes ask myself how we will still have enough energy in the years to come and how it will be produced without damaging the environment (even more). I am looking forward to (hopefully) hearing some ideas of how this issue could be solved!

Sabina Baumann - 21 Oct 2013, 8:01 p.m.

Thanks for sharing your concerns Lara! The session will be live streamed and the recording will be put up on the website following the event. Furthermore, a summary will be posted, so stay tuned!

Alicia Montoya - 21 Oct 2013, 9:05 p.m.

When will consumers finally have access to a transparent energy system that accounts for ALL hidden externalities?

Oliver Werneyer - 24 Oct 2013, 11:20 a.m.

There is a lot of talk about renewable energy around and in the long term this will be good for the environment and us. It is difficult to accept for people though that energy produced through renewable energy technology is (at least for now) more expensive per kw/h than traditional nuclear or coal plants. I would like to hear about how we plan on convincing people to pay more for electricity given today's consumer climate? Also, what no one is really looking at is genuine energy independence. All serious renewable technology is still only efficient at a utility scale (no house can sustain itself), especially if you need to keep industry going.

I would also like to hear more about what is being done to seriously develop and promote energy independence solutions that truly get people "off the grid", the perceived implications of such technology on the market (positive and negative), whether people really think that energy independence is goal that governments would seriously support (which I doubt) and whether people are ready and willing to accept the consequences of such developments (might lower tax income for governments)?

Bernd Wilke - 24 Oct 2013, 2:36 p.m.

Dear all - thanks for the inputs. We'll try to take it up as good as possible - will have to see where the audience will take us too:-)

HKM - 28 Oct 2013, 3:28 a.m.

In Europe we have already set strongly in motion our ambitions of a greener planet. As individuals we all try to take responsibility to re-cycle, re-use shopping bags, put on our woolly jumpers as energy prices soar, use less fuel, drive Co2 efficient vehicles, invest in eco homes and solar panels. However there are unfortunately many countries failing to live up to their responsibilities of addressing green issues. I wonder what environmental impacts the millions of fuel guzzling cars, fossil burning power stations, large factories, corporations and historical environmental consequences of nuclear weapons, tanks, bombs and war have had on our planet?
It is no secret that we have seen an increase in the frequency and severity of natural disasters worldwide, with monsoons, tsunami’s, hurricanes, droughts and floods plaguing the planet it is hard not to question whether this is directly attributed to our heavy use of non-renewable energy sources or whether it is a pre-determined cycle of the world we live in. Although I am a believer in Newton’s theory “Every action, has an equal and opposite reaction.”
I would love to see:

Global Environmental Laws tighten to ensure all countries are taking a greater responsibility for climate change.

More investment in renewable energy forms. The notion of fracking and re-opening coal mines feels incredibly short sighted. With population growth and life expectancy continually rising the volume of fossil fuels consumed can no longer be sustained. Utilising the natural power sources of our planet, with Off-Shore Wind Farms, Photovoltaic Panels in solar rich countries and desserts, photosynthesising Co2 and generating energy from mass water source could all be viable alternatives. It is however important that the responsibility of this investment does not fall on the already heavy shoulders of the general public. There is something fundamentally wrong when Corporations and Banks are the biggest purchasers of energy and are empowered to gain tax reliefs and generate enormous profits from something that is an everyday commodity.

A not for profit world energy corporation that not only looks after the needs of every citizen on earth, but re-invests profits in creating a sustainable future.

A creation of a World Catastrophe Insurance Fund, to protect those who suffer from natural disasters such as Haiti and Hurricane Sandy. It is shameful to say there are many still living in complete devastation.

Bernd Wilke - 28 Oct 2013, 7:13 a.m.

Dear HKM

great Input. I'll try to get it in on Wednesday.

Best regards


Oliver Werneyer - 29 Oct 2013, 1:29 p.m.

With regards to your second last point (not for profit energy corporation), if you want to I can share with you some great developments in that area. Let me know.

Urs Bolt - 29 Oct 2013, 5:55 p.m.

Some big mature economies generate their electricity to a large extent with fossil fuel. Australia for example, with 95% fossil fueled energy production, needs to replace 65GW energy capacity by 2050 (Prof. David Jamieson, University of Melbourne).
I am interested to know the panel's views on the options how to transform Australia's energy system.

marco_fi - 30 Oct 2013, 8:02 a.m.

Looking forward to this event tonight, interesting platform

Bernd Wilke - 13 Jan 2014, 12:29 p.m.

Dear Urs,

I am very late but I always wanted to answer that. Acutally not with "an answer" but links to two entities, who deal with just that issue:

Number one would be Swisspower

The page is only in German but they do consulting to communities, so that these become more energy efficient.

The other one is BEN Energy

Also in German unfortunately but they deal with the question how to incentivise consumers to safe energy.

You can send a mail in English to both, if you are interested in how they do it.

And sorry for not taking up the question that night - but once things get rolling you not always get to what you wanted to do - like asking your question:-)

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