Geneva Declaration: World Engineers’ Convention 2011 – Call for Action

Host:

Swiss Society of Engineers and Architects (SIA).

Highlights:

  • “Building the necessary infrastructure to bring large scale renewable electricity from places with high yields (areas with high insolation or strong winds) to the places with high consumption requires huge investments and long lead times, as well as development of mechanisms to encourage infrastructure investment.”
  • “Energy efficiency measures will help reduce the energy intensity of national economies and, therefore, slow down the increase of primary energy demand.”
  • “Energy storage technologies – e.g. pumped hydro and compressed air storage, batteries for transportation – are key to the management of intermittent renewable energy sources.”
  • “The technologies needed for a low-carbon economy are being made available, or expected to be competitive soon if external costs are to be taken into consideration.”
  • “Research is needed to define the extreme loadings for which engineered facilities should be designed, operated and maintained. Historical records, which have been the bases for engineering decisions, can no longer be considered to define the environments our facilities will face in the future.”
  • “Investing in renewable technology means high ‘first costs’ and low ‘fuel costs’. Thus, the transformation from today’s energy mix into a low-carbon energy system requires a substantial increase in investments into infrastructure.”
  • “Further investments will be needed to meet the yearly per capita goal of 2 tons of CO2 per person by 2050.”
  • “The solutions are necessarily customized for each region. Sustainable models for power interconnection of countries in a given region to complement their energy supplies will have to be pursued and implemented.”
  • “Sustainable primary energy is well distributed and available in sufficient quantities in many places. Hence, transforming the energy system at regional, national and international levels will require both autonomous and cooperative action with the aim to minimise impacts on natural competitive advantages.”
  • “Regions showing high per-capita CO2 emissions are encouraged to start the transformation towards a more sustainable energy mix by identifying their specific way of achieving this transformation at lowest cost and impact to their economy and global competitiveness. Change and providing the incentives to invest and minimise the impacts on consumer budgets are mainly a political decision.”

 

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