Investing in efficient energy systems and in the use of renewable sources for energy supply is essential for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and to mitigate climate change. Investment can also ensure the supply of energy needed to meet increasing demands and enhance access to and distribution of energy.
The transition to develop low-emission carbon sources cannot take place without a change in the energy sector, the industries depending on fossil fuels, and the contingent sectors that profit from efficient energy supply (construction, transport, electric power).
Over the past decade, advances in the global transition to renewable energy sources have been driven by ambitious objectives to increase their share in the energy mix and to optimize production capacity by reducing costs in countries throughout the world. Progress has been steadier where the support for innovative policies has been strong and coherent with these goals. According to the fifth edition of the Renewable Energy and Jobs report issued by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), the total number of persons working in this sector has passed the 10 million mark.
The question is no longer whether renewable energy sources should play a role in providing energy services by rather how to speed up the transition to clean energy globally and to promote renewed economic and social growth through the creation of new jobs. The energy transition will involve the management of environmental issues related to production in relation to the availability and quality of natural resources.
The International Training Centre of the International Labor Organization (ITC-ILO), the Piedmont regional administration (Environment Directorate, Government and Protection of the Area), the University of Turin, and CinemAmbiente have jointly organized this conference to discuss the options available for the development and use of low-emission carbon energy systems in response to the recent reports published by the IRENA and the ILO.
Nicolas Maitre and Takaaki Kizu, ILO
Rabia Ferroukhi and Micheal Renner, IRENA
Agostino Re Rebaudengo, Asja Ambiente Italia S.p.A
Andrea Zaghi, Elettricità Futura
Cristina Cosacci, Enel Italia
Giuseppe Bergesio, Gruppo IREN
Silvana Dalmazzone, University of Turin
Roberto Ronco, Environment Directorate, Government and Protection of the Area, Region of Piedmont
Silvia Riva, Directorate of Regional Competitiveness, Region of Piedmont
Claudia Apostolo, journalist; Alice Vozza, ITC- ILO
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