Visions of Sustainable Economic Growth: A Transatlantic Dialogue on Energy, Water, and Innovation

September 11, 2012 // 8:30pmOctober 11, 2012 // 5:00pm

The Organizing Committee for the US-EU Summit on Science, Technology, Innovation and Sustainable Economic Growth met to conclude the Summit “Visions of Sustainable Economic Growth: A Transatlantic Dialogue on Energy, Water, and Innovation”.  The meeting was held on September 11, 2012.


The purpose of the Summit was to examine the critical impacts of investments in science, technology, and innovation on sustainable economic growth.  While the Summit was designed to address the general issue of science, technology and innovation’s impact on sustainable economic growth, it gave specific attention to the critical areas of energy and the environment, and the necessary innovations for achieving a low carbon economy.   The concluding meeting provided a wide ranging discussion of these issues.


The Summit was a two year collaboration of the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy, the European Commission, the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and sponsored by the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy, and the European Commission.

The meeting had two panel sessions, with the morning session devoted to looking out 30 years for some very specific technologies and energy uses. The afternoon panel looked at a longer time frame, 30 to 50 years, and rather than looking at the future of specific technologies and energy uses, took a broader view and examined specific scenarios that might be feasible for achieving a low carbon future.  The proceedings of the final meeting of the Summit will be published in a special issue on low-carbon futures in the journal Futures.  


Event Sessions: 


8:30 am Welcome: The Honorable Jane Harman, Director, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
Lee Riedinger, Director, UT/ORNL Center for Interdisciplinary Research and Graduate Education (CIRE) and Interim Vice Chancellor for Research, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
9:00 Towards a stronger EU-US Dialogue on Sustainable Economic Growth Domenico Rossetti, European Commission, and Robert Shelton, Howard Baker Center
9:30 Panel Discussion of Major Science, Energy, Water and Carbon Issues Over the Next 30 Years in Europe and the US: Moderator, Paul Peercy, University of Wisconsin
  • Moving Toward Optimization of Energy Efficiency and Renewables Using Smart Grid Technologies and Policies, Marilyn Brown, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • A US Perspective on Transportation, Energy Security and Sustainability, David Greene, Howard Baker Center and Oak Ridge National Laboratory

10:30  Coffee Break

11:00 Panel Discussion (Continues)

  • Water and Energy: A Critical Nexus, Geoff Dabelko, Ohio University and Woodrow Wilson Center
  • Sources of Conflict Over Energy Resources During the Next 30 Years: Philip Andrews-Speed, University of Westminster, United Kingdom

12:00 Lunch: The Honorable Barton Gordon, Partner, K&L Gates, and former Chairman of the House Committee on Science and Technology
1:30 pm Panel Discussion of Possible Low Carbon Futures Over the Next 30 to 50 Years in Europe and the US Moderator, James Roberto, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
  • Steady Progress Scenario: Bertrand Chateau, ENERDATA, France
  • Accelerated Technology/Manhattan Project Scenario: Milton Russell, Institute for a Secure and Sustainable Environment, University of Tennessee
  • Decentralized Scenario: Bruce Tonn, Howard Baker Center and Oak Ridge National Laboratory

3:00 Coffee Break

3:30 Panel Discussion (Continues)

  • Significant Science Breakthrough Scenario: George Crabtree, University of Illinois & Argonne National Laboratory
  • Beyond GDP: the Global Interdependence and Reduction of Inequalities scenario: Carlos Sessa, ISIS, Italy

4:30 Concluding Observations: Kent Hughes, Woodrow Wilson Center
4:45 Final Report on Summit: Domenico Rossetti and Robert Shelton
5:00 Reception
* Concluding Meeting of the EU-US Summit on Science, Technology, Innovation and Sustainable Economic Growth
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