The year started off on a high note at the Energy Futures Lab (EFL). On February 1 & 2, EFL Fellows reconnected in Red Deer for a 1.5-day workshop. This workshop was an opportunity for current and new Fellows to meet for the first time. It was also a timely occasion to collectively evaluate changes in the energy system, to review cultural shifts in the surrounding environment and to further advance Fellow-driven initiatives.
2016 was a year of change and new realities. It ended with national and international developments that will impact Alberta’s energy system for years to come.
On December 5, 2016, approximately 170 people braved the cold to talk about the future of energy in Alberta at the University of Calgary’s downtown campus.Dr. David Layzell, Energy Futures Lab (EFL) Steering Committee Member and Director of the Canadian Energy Systems Analysis Research (CESAR) project, argued that energy system transition is the “grand challenge for our society.”
No one ever said the transition to a new energy economy would be easy. From the very beginning, The Natural Step Canada (TNSC) was under a great deal of pressure to describe the impacts and outcomes of the Energy Futures Lab (EFL). We resisted prescribing a solution.
Navigating the interconnected web of issues surrounding energy, climate change and sustainable development is a complex task. Over the past year and a half, the Energy Futures Lab (EFL) has developed a platform for constructive dialogue and game-changing innovation.
Leaders from government, business, not-for-profit, academia and indigenous communities will gather in Calgary for a special two-day event on October 19 and 20. Their objective: to share proposed solutions for solving Alberta’s most complex and pressing energy challenges.
Chad Park, Energy Futures Lab Director offers his top six suggestions for Alberta’s Climate Technology Task Force, drawing on the experience and insights of the Energy Futures Lab so far.
Building systems that are fit for the future means beginning with the end in mind and working together with unlikely allies. Our greatest challenges can only be addressed if we learn to do so.
We are all familiar with the idea of starting with the end in mind. This is the essence of “backcasting”, a methodology for planning in complexity. Sustainability expert, Pong Leung introduces the backcasting framework and its application to the sustainability challenge.