International Conference on Socio-Environmental Footprints (ICSEF): energy, materials, justice and waste.

Dates: 13-14th Jun 2024

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This conference aims to disseminate knowledge and generate analysis regarding energy justice, taking into consideration the global implications that the current economic model generates at both the social level (especially in health and gender) and the environmental level. 

Across its four thematic areas (Energy System Footprints, Sustainable Materials and Certifications, International Justice and National Footprints and Waste Management towards cero waste), we will explore the uneven impact that the system imposes on both affluent and impoverished nations. 

The organization of this event is a collaborative effort involving the Life Cycle Research Group at the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU) and the non-governmental organizations medicusmundi Araba and medicusmundi Gipuzkoa. Financial support for the conference is provided by the Basque Agency for Development Cooperation.

ENERGY System Footprints

Quantification of the current energy model footprint based on fossil fuels to propose alternative scenarios based on renewable resources. The use of new production or storage technologies, distribution choices, policies, efficient use models, etc. are included.

Sustainable MATERIALS and certifications

Current consumerist economic world model has to shift towards a low impact consumption system. Materias, Foods and goods are massively produced and consumed, in a linear, low efficient and non-sustainable system. How to move towards a circular low-impact model is an incognita, especially when we are reaching the 8000 M of inhabitants.

International JUSTICE and National Footprints

Environmental footprints are socially unequally distributed in the current globalized world. Who consumes the benefits and who pays the burdens should be analyzed and re-distributed. The hidden flows (energy, emissions, or other impacts) embodied in imported goods and services are often neglected in the outsourcing processes of industrial production from the global north to the global south. Within the same line, education for fair and sustainable development would be the latest step of this chapter.

WASTE management, towards zero waste

Waste generation has been detected as one of the greatest global problema. Earth and oceans are contaminated with bioplastics, and toxic chemical products, and new solutions are need. How to reach the zero wastes in our industries and residential buildings? The throwaway model needs to end coverting the outputs in new inputs for new natural or industrial processes.

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