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IAIA12 Energy Future: The Role of Impact Assessment Porto, Portugal 27 May - 1 June 2012

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The 32nd annual conference of the International Association For Impact Assessment will focus on energy issues: “Energy Future: The Role of Impact Assessment”. The conference will explore what is the role of impact assessment on future global, national and local energy decisions and choices; and how to tackle the environmental and social risks that will appear as a result of the quest for the development, production and management of new energy sources.
When May 27, 2012 12:00 AM to
Jun 01, 2012 12:00 AM
Where Porto, Portugal
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A defining issue throughout human history has been how societies have pursued the supply and management of energy. 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.

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?

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