La sostenibilidad debe formar parte de la estrategia de las empresas. Tener conocimientos sobre la operativa y cómo aplicar criterios de sostenibilidad será imprescindible para cumplir las nuevas regulaciones europeas.
The UNESCO Chair in Life Cycle and Climate Change ESCI-UPF fosters energy leadership among 41 post-graduate students and young professionals participating at the 4th Energy Community Summer School.
“This post-graduate training program in energy-related topics, allows students to gain sound knowledge and understanding of the development of energy policy and regulation of the sector,” says researcher at the Chair and lecturer at the 2019 Summer School Ilija Sazdovski. “The School was established in 2016 and at this point is probably the best multi-disciplinary energy-related summer school in Europe,” he adds.
This year’s edition has focused on energy sectors in transition, in particular in South-Eastern and Eastern Europe, allowing participants to understand the sectors in their full complexity and providing them a platform for exchange and contribution to shaping the sectors’ future; according to organisers.
Over the course of the week, 41 talented post-graduate students and young professionals coming from academia, public administration, research centres and NGO’s from 30 EU countries, have gained knowledge of the economic, sustainability, technical, legal and political dimensions of energy sectors. Thanks to more than 35 lectures, including Sazdovski’s one, participants have been immersed in the latest governance trends via interactive group works, debates, lectures, and site visits.
“My lecture offered a unique possibility to the young experts from various disciplines to discuss different aspects of energy planning, taking into consideration social, environmental and economic side based on multi-criteria analysis,” highlights Sazdovski. During the session, “students were divided into groups where they actively participated in the discussions, debating about various points of view based on their assigned roles, to provide them with the basic knowledge about sustainability evaluation of energy planning measures against a set of pre-defined evaluation criteria,” he explains.
According to the researcher, sharing the speaking floor with more than 35 high-level representatives from the European Commission, energy community, international financing institutions, distinguished professors from the academic sector and practitioners from the private sector is a real privilege. “Although, teaching is thoroughly noble responsibility, speaking in front 41 brightest young minds from all over Europe represent a real honour,” he stresses.
Researchers of the UNESCO Chair in Life Cycle and Climate Change ESCI-UPF have written a paper for Elsevier’s Science of The Total Environment journal about life cycle assessment on calcium zincate production methods for rechargeable batteries.