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IAIA12 Energy Future: The Role of Impact Assessment


Porto Portugal

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32nd annual conference of the International Association For Impact Assessment

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What is the role of impact assessment on future global, national and local energy decisions and choices?

How can we tackle the environmental and social risks that will appear as a result of our quest for the development, production and management of new energy sources?

Our view of the world and the world economy over the last 3-4 human generations has been shaped by assumptions of infinite energy supplied primarily by fossil fuels. Impact assessments have scrutinized thousands of energy projects, but few have considered the long-term future supply and sources of non-renewable and renewable energy as critical to decision-making. Now, however, the basic principle of limitless energy is under challenge.

Impact assessment has proven to be a powerful evolving tool able to incorporate environmental, social and health concerns, among others, in decision-making processes. More integrated approaches are being tested for biodiversity and climate change. Understanding the future of energy must also be one of the highest priorities for impact assessment professionals.

Share your experiences, concerns, and ideas about the IAIA12 theme and other important topics. Papers, posters, and workshops are welcome on all aspects of the conference theme and within the scope of all IAIA Section topics.

The conference will be structured around four thematic streams:

  • Renewable energy
  • Fossil fuels
  • Electric powered transportation
  • Electric power leap

In addition to conference sessions, workshops, and training courses, you will also be able to choose technical visits, sightseeing tours, networking opportunities, and more.

The preliminary program and registration materials will be available on the IAIA website in October 2011.

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