BCSD Portugal – Annual Conference

Conference Details
How to grow and create jobs in a low carbon economy? Think Portugal in 2030
Business Council for Sustainable Development
November 23, 2017

Among the Speakers
John A. “Skip” Laitner
Presentation Title: The Economic Imperative of Energy Efficiency: Exploring the Energy Link to Economic Productivity

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About and Method: Meet 2030 is a project that aims to identify scenarios and public policies for 2030 in Portugal under a deep decarbonization context. It uses the scenario planning method and the useful exergy metric theory to show that increasing energy efficiency has the potential to simultaneously meet climate goals and promote economic growth. This correlation has been studied by our Academic project partner IST (the school of engineering of the University of Lisbon), and there are several academic papers published showing that energy, measured with the useful exergy metric, explains total factor productivity growth, and this means that economic growth goes beyond the accumulation of the production factors labour and capital, and can be greatly explained by the way energy is used (in terms of sources of energy, in terms of technology that uses the energy and the added value that such technologies provide to society).

Gaidar Forum
Russia and the World: Values and Virtues

Forum Details
Location – Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA)
Date – January 16 – 18, 2018

The Gaidar Forum provides a unique intellectual platform and a meeting point for theorists and practitioners, the world leading scientists and politicians and influential representatives of global financial and business elites. Every year the leaders of economic thought, Nobel Prize laureates, top professors of leading global universities (such as Harvard, Stanford and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology) and representatives of Russian political establishment come to Moscow and gather at the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration.

The Forums Goals Include:

  • to attract leading international scientists and practitioners to a collaborative discussion of economic and political issues;
  • to maintain a non-stop expert dialogue on key political and economic matters;
  • to reflect major trends and key national and global economic and political events;
  • to elaborate strategic proposals and recommendations on national economic development;
  • to secure Russia’s solid position on the intellectual economic world map and its status of the important center for global discussions at the highest level.

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