Conference on Renewable Energy
Welcome to the upcoming Conference of the University Network for Climate and Ecosystems Change and Adaptation Research on 22 May 2012 at Chulalongkorn University Bangkok, Thailand. The focus of this conference is on renewable energy in the Asia Pacific region to develop a new UN-CECAR curriculum on renewable energy, and will have speakers from leading universities and affiliate organizations.
The current and likely future impacts of climate change due to carbon emissions from burning enormous amounts of fossil fuels are considered among the most important challenges faced by human beings. The nuclear crisis caused by the Great East Japan Earthquake on 11 March 2011 had a significant effect on energy policies of Japan and the world, highlighting the importance of renewables as clean energy sources. Now is the time to diversify the energy portfolio with renewables such as geothermal energy, solar energy, wind energy, bioenergy and hydropower. Renewable energy has almost unlimited potential and will provide energy security when fossil fuel is depleted.
The Asia Pacific region is abundant in natural resources and has a great potential to utilize renewable energy from a variety of sources. South East Asia is rapidly adopting and developing renewable energy for power generation. There is also an increasing demand for new technical skills as businesses and industries are taking more interest in renewable energy making renewable energy academic programmes highly sought after.
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Dean, Faculty of Engineering at Universitas Gadjah Mada
Director, Institute of Environment and Development at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia
Professor of Engineering at Chulalongkorn University
Senior Academic Officer at United Nations University Institute of Sustainability and Peace
Vice-Chancellor at the University of Peradeniya
Professor, School of Environment, Resources and Development at the Asian Institute of Technolog