Invitation to Participate in a SDEWES 2015 Special Session of Invited Papers

On behalf of the organizing committee of the 10th Conference on Sustainable Development of Energy, Water and Environment Systems scheduled for September 2015 it is our honour and pleasure to invite you to participate in a special technical session of invited papers within the Special Session:

SPECIAL SESSION: Security and Sustainable Development

The twentieth century was a century of oil, not only that oil enabled the most fascinating period of growth in human history, fuelling international trade and bringing pision of labour to really global levels. Meanwhile oil, being abundant only in some regions has created dependence of trading nations on, has caused many conflicts, and the security of its trade paths has become one of the pillars of the current world order. The price of oil, one of the most important parameters of global economy, reasonably being kept higher allowing for scarcity pricing, based on vacillating agreement between cartel of producers and developed countries, sometimes is being used as a political tool. But oil is exhaustible and conventional type which is cheap to produce may have already reached peaking, creating even higher pressure to control its production and trade. Shale oil and gas may postpone the day of reckoning for a decade or two, but will not change the paradigm. There are many alternatives, but which one is the best? Any energy future based on scarce resources will mean keeping the same paradigm which is utterly unsustainable and keeping humanity on the edge of war. Decoupling development from the use of resources, using only those that are renewable and locally available, would enable a switch to a new sustainable paradigm. Nations would not depend on the scarcity of mineral resources but on the ingenuity of its scientists. With open access to knowledge new technologies would quickly spread and bring prosperity to the entire humanity. Although the goal is set, there are many ways transition may take. The crucial will be integration of energy, transport, water, food and other life supporting systems reaping efficiencies. This special session is dedicated to contributions that would help gather knowledge of interconnections of insecurity and scarcity of resources, and of ways how decoupling of development from resources may help increasing security, bringing sustainable development. The contributions on the politics of new paradigm, the economics of its implementation but also on technical layout are welcome. 

In cooperation with World Academy of Art and Science, the session organisers are:

Prof. Ivo Šlaus, Rudjer Boskovic Institute (Email:

Prof. Neven Duic, University of Zagreb (Email:

If you believe that you can help shed more light to the issue, we hope you will accept the invitation. Please submit your abstract via web interface:

by February 15, 2015. Be sure to enter the following code when asked during the abstract submission (Session invitation code): db15ssdev

For the deadlines for submitting the full paper please visit:

As an invited paper, we would recommend it for publication consideration in the international journals associated with this conference:, but in order to be invited the full paper will have to pass the review and you will have to observe the dates for archival papers.

The financial objective of the conference is to break-even and as such the organizers regretfully cannot offer you any reduction in the registration fees. We trust that you will understand the situation and that this will not deter you from participating in the technical session. For more detailed information on the conference please consult the website stated below.


Special Session Programming Committee Secretary: Prof. Daniel R. Schneider


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