The International Conference on Renewable Energy Sources and Sustainability (RESUS-2015) will take place March 3-5, 2015 in Mauritius and held in the premises of the Faculty of Sustainable Development and Engineering of the University of Mascareignes. This event will address how climate change and energy security issues have been affecting various communities worldwide, particularly the small island developing states. It will focus on the following renewable energy sources: Bioenergy, direct solar energy, geothermal energy, marine energy, and wind energy. Moreover, the conference will also address:
- How local climate change effects are interrelated and the contributing factors to the vulnerability of certain locations.
- The vulnerability and possible means to strengthen resilience of energy systems to environmental impacts.
The International Conference Renewable Energy Sources and Sustainability will focus on the following renewable energy sources:
- Bioenergy: produced from a variety of biomass feedstocks, including forest, agricultural and livestock residues; short-rotation forest plantations; energy crops; the organic component of municipal solid waste; and other organic waste streams.
- Direct solar energy: technologies for harnessing the energy of solar irradiance to produce electricity using photovoltaics (PV) and concentrating solar power (CSP), to produce thermal energy (heating or cooling, either through passive or active means), to meet direct lighting needs and, potentially, to produce fuels that might be used for transport and other purposes.
- Geothermal energy: utilization of the accessible thermal energy from the Earth’s interior. Heat is extracted from geothermal reservoirs using wells or other means.
- Marine energy: derived from the potential, kinetic, thermal and chemical energy of seawater, which can be transformed to provide electricity, thermal energy, or potable water.
- Wind energy: harnessing the kinetic energy of moving air.
The Conference will also include a field trip to Omnicane and to the Valley of Ferney.
The International Conference/Workshop on Renewable Energy and Pathways to Sustainable Energy and Food Security and Climate Change Mitigation that will be held at the Université des Mascareignes aims at delivering a final report with a strategic framework that can enhance the resilience of the energy sector and reduce vulnerability to climate change impacts. Possibilities of improving energy efficiency and opportunities to exploit renewable energy sources will be highlighted as well as a set of adaptive measures facing climate change. These recommendations will be provided within a strategy map based on a Sustainability Balanced Scorecard planning and management system. A review of current set of strategic objectives of Mauritius oriented to sustainable development under the Maurice Ile Durable (MID) concept will be undertaken particularly those that are related to climate change and energy security. The key pillars of MID will be addressed (Energy, Environment, Education, Employment and Equity) and presented in a number of initiatives, key performance indicators and targets. The strategy map will be supported by a Stakeholder Analysis Matrix and by a Problem and Objective Tree Analysis. Apart from identifying the stakeholder groups and their main issues of interest that can be associated to climate change and energy security, the strategic framework will identify the capacity and motivation of stakeholder groups to contribute to the achievement of proposed objectives. Specific initiatives in which each stakeholder group can be involved will also be reported.
All participants of the conference and workshops will be invited to join a group on LinkedIn exclusively created for the purpose of final reviews in the publication of the strategic framework report. The partial results and the final report will be later shared by the organizers of the workshop and will also be available in the website of the Université des Mascareignes and in the website of CRUSUS. The report will be available free of charge for consulting and is expected to be used as a benchmarking for other small island developing states.
This research network, however, will continue active even after the publication of report for discussing topics, sharing best practices and news related to sustainable development in the regional and national levels.