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Dr. Jatin Nathwani Chairs Energy Working Group at NATO Advanced Research Workshop

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

To address the negative impacts of climate change on urban prosperity and military success, The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) held an Advanced Research Workshop with 50 scientists, engineers, and policy makers from 16 different nations in Hella, Iceland from June 3– 6, 2012.

The workshop, "Sustainable Cities and Military Installations: Climate Change Impact on Energy and Environmental Security" was aimed at reviewing the state of science, while offering fresh thinking on sustainability research and application.

Drawing upon his work with the Equinox Blueprint: Energy 2030, Dr. Jatin Nathwani, Executive Director of the Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Energy (WISE), University of Waterloo, and a Lead Author of the Blueprint, co-chaired the Energy Working Group along with Dr. Michael Case, Program Manager of the US Army Corps of Engineers.

The Energy Working Group explored key concepts that included:

  • the need for an integrated systems approach to planning
  • exploration of energy and energy quality analysis
  • relationship with the energy-water nexus, and
  • the unique challenges of sustainable mobility

Nathwani brought the Equinox Blueprint: Energy 2030 and its core visions to the discussion table. With WGSI’s unique collaborative model, Nathwani focused on the technological pillars of off-grid energy access, energy storage, and sustainable mobility.

Proceedings of the workshop will be published in a book by Springer in 2013. More information on conference materials and outcomes will be available here.


Photo 1: NATO Workshop Participants [Credit: Alexander Tkachuk]

Photo 2: Jatin and other workshop participants [Credit: Alexander Tkachuk]