This talk launches Kyushu University’s new series of interdisciplinary colloquium. The aim of these events is to promote exchange among faculty and students from across the university (especially in the humanities and social sciences). All are welcome!
Presenter: Andrew Chapman, I2CNER, Kyushu University
Date: Friday, April 28, 17:00-19:00
Venue: 教育学部会議室, Meeting room (Ground Floor) Faculty of Education.
To date, evaluation of energy policies, and recommendations for future energy strategy have been almost exclusively based on economic and environmental efficacy analyses. This approach to evaluation ignores the critical third pillar of sustainability, the social aspects. The reason that social aspects have been overlooked is likely because their definition and quantification have proven difficult, leading to a mostly qualitative approach in terms of amenity, and other subjective aspects. This research addresses this gap and proposes an ‘Energy Policy Sustainability Evaluation Framework’ which, through jurisdiction-specific hearings, identifies critical social equity factors which can be quantified, and therefore combined (and contrasted with) economic and environmental outcomes in order to provide a decision-making tool for sustainable energy policies into the future. The framework has been applied to national level policy assessment and scenario development, coal-RE energy system shift decision making, and is currently being applied to an international equity and RE deployment comparison using World Bank Development Indicators to assess nations on a level playing field. This presentation will describe the reasoning behind the development of this tool, equity factor establishment, potential applications, and some of the interesting results gained to date.