Ensuring wellbeing and access to essential and social services is why society requires materials and energy. This thought-provoking event will focus on the foreseen societal and technological transformations leading towards a net-zero world through innovation.

On 17 November 2022, the Energy Demand Changes Induced by Technological and Social Innovations (EDITS) network will participate in a side-event to the 27th Conference of the Parties of the UNFCCC (COP27) on "High wellbeing with low energy demand towards a modern net-zero society". EDITS is coordinated by IIASA and the Research Institute of Innovative Technology for the Earth (RITE). The seminar will discuss different aspects of technological, social, and infrastructural innovations that can deeply reduce demand for energy and stimulate a just transition to net-zero societies, and will be part of the Japan Pavilion (see map).

COP27 is hosted by Egypt in Sharm El-Sheikh with a view to building on previous successes and paving the way for future ambition to effectively tackle the global challenge of climate change. The vision of Egypt's COP27 presidency is to progress from negotiations and planning to implementation, moving rapidly towards full, timely, inclusive, and at-scale action on the ground.

Visit also RITE event page here.

IIASA and RITE are also organizing another EDITS side-event at COP27 in collaboration with Development Alternatives (DA) (click here for more information).

Agenda: High wellbeing with low energy demand towards a modern net-zero society              
17 November, 10:30-12:00 (EET), 9:30-11:00 (CEST/CET)
Place: Japanese Pavilion, International Convention Center (SHICC), Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt
Online streaming: Zoom meeting hosted by the Japan Pavilion
ID: 892 1972 1118 | password: 003703

Moderator: Joyashree Roy, Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Thailand

  • 10:30-10:35    Welcome from the moderator
  • 10:30-10:45    Opening remarks and the background of the Energy Demand changes Induced by Technological and Social innovations (EDITS) network  
    Keigo Akimoto, Research Institute of Innovative Technology for the Earth (RITE), Japan
  • 10:45-11:00    Importance of demand side solutions for the transformation towards net-zero society
    Bas van Ruijven, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), Austria
  • 11:00-11:15    Innovation and digitalization: the levers of transformation
    Elena Verdolini, European Institute on Economics and the Environment (RFF-CMCC), Italy
  • 11:15-11:30    Urban space and society in 2050 in balance with planetary boundaries
    Diana Ürge-Vorsatz, Central European University (CEU), IPCC WG3 Co-Vice chair
  • 11:30-12:00    Moderated panel discussion with speakers: the expected technological, institutional, behavioral and infrastructural innovations and their feasibility
EDITS project © IIASA

Satisfying people’s needs for shelter, mobility, consumer goods, and essential services is the reason society requires materials and energy. Innovations in providing these services can deeply reduce the demand for energy and enable a demand-driven transition to net-zero societies. The Energy Demand Changes Induced by Technological and Social Innovations (EDITS) network studies and promotes demand-driven energy system change at global and granular levels. The EDITS network explores the critical determinants of feasibility of such transitions, its timing, costs, and their Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) synergies and tradeoffs. The EDITS community collaborates based on common interest in the demand side transition, transfers methodological knowledge, and explores modeling innovations across demand-side models.

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